Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes
Birth 1596
Death 1650

Prolific French philosopher and scientist who left such a legacy in maths, physics, mechanics and analytic geometry that his ideas form the basis for how we see the world. His phrase ‘I think, therefore I am’ will go down in history. He was a die-hard dualist who divided people into two separate essences: the material body, which obeys the laws of nature and the nonmaterial soul, given from God, which exists outside the realm of nature, space and time.

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