Principles of Philosophy was written by René Descartes and published in 1644.
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- Plot Overview
- I.1–12: Doubt and the Cogito
- I.8–12: A Thinking Thing
- I.13–27:God's Existence
- I.19–30: The Nature of God and the Validation of Clear and Distinct Perceptions
- I.31–51: Sources of Error, Free Will, and Basic Ontology
- I.52–59: Substances, Modes, Principle Attributes
- I.60–65: Mind Body Dualism
- I.66–75: The Senses
- II.1–3: The Existence and nature of Material Bodies
- II.10–22: Space
- II.23–35: Motion
- II.36–64:Causes of Motion
- III.1–44: The Motion of the Heavens
- III.45–266: Origins of the Universe
- IV:1–187: Terrestrial Phenomena
- IV.188–207: Physiology, Psychology, and Mind-Body Interaction
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