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Descartes, René
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(Des Cartes, Latin. as Renatus Cartesius; Mar 31, 1596, La Haye/Touraine – Feb 11, 1650, Stockholm), French mathematician, naturalist, and philosopher. He was one of the most influential figures in the history of science and of ideas in early modern times. Descartes came from a middle-class family in the French provinces. From 1607 to1615, he attended the Jesuit-run Collège Royal in La Flèche (Anjou), followed by studying law at the University of Poitiers, where he completed his l…

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Schütt, Hans-Peter, “Descartes, René”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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