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Single Idea 1585

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / B. Certain Knowledge / 1. Certainty]

Full Idea

Descartes rejects logos because it does not achieve the certainty he craves. He replaces it with his own model of rationality, one modelled essentially on mathematics.

Gist of Idea

Descartes tried to model reason on maths instead of 'logos'


comment on René Descartes (Meditations [1641], §1) by David Roochnik - The Tragedy of Reason p.76

Book Reference

Roochnik,David: 'The Tragedy of Reason: the Platonic logos' [Routledge 1990], p.76