The Essential Descartes

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Descartes' famous pronouncement "I think therefore I am" is generally seen as the start of modern philosophy. In order to find the peace in which to follow his thoughts, Descartes took the curious step of joining the army. Later, living in Holland, he also produced ideas that revolutionized mathematics. The "Virgin Philosophers" series cover the lives and ideas of the major philosophers and attempts to clarify the mysteries of philosophy for the general reader.