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Single Idea 3610

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 8. Subjective Truth]

Full Idea

I take it as a general rule that the things we conceive very clearly and very distinctly are all true, but that there is merely some difficulty in properly discerning which are those which we distinctly conceive.

Gist of Idea

Truth is clear and distinct conception - of which it is hard to be sure


René Descartes (A Discourse on Method [1637], §4.33)

Book Reference

Descartes,René: 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations', ed/tr. Sutcliffe,F.E. [Penguin 1968], p.54