Ideas from 'Preface to 'Principles of Philosophy'' by René Descartes [1647], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations' by Descartes,René (ed/tr Sutcliffe,F.E.) [Penguin 1968,0-14-044206-5]].

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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 4. Metaphysics as Science
Metaphysics is the roots of the tree of science
2. Reason / F. Fallacies / 4. Circularity
I know the truth that God exists and is the author of truth
11. Knowledge Aims / B. Certain Knowledge / 1. Certainty
Understanding, not the senses, gives certainty
28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 5. Atheism
Atheism arises from empiricism, because God is intangible