All of this eventually culminating in a moral system based on the notion of “generosity.” The presentation below provides an overview of Descartes’ philosophical thought as it relates to these various metaphysical, epistemological, religious, moral and scientific issues, covering the wide range of his published works and correspondence.
René Descartes was born to Joachim Descartes and Jeanne Brochard on March 31, 1596 in La Haye, France near Tours.
It is from this point that Descartes proceeds to demonstrate God’s existence and that God cannot be a deceiver.
This, in turn, serves to fix the certainty of everything that is clearly and distinctly understood and provides the epistemological foundation Descartes set out to find.
His sister, Jeanne, was probably born sometime the following year, while his surviving older brother, also named Pierre, was born on October 19, 1591.
The Descartes clan was a bourgeois family composed of mostly doctors and some lawyers.
Joachim Descartes fell into this latter category and spent most of his career as a member of the provincial parliament.