Talk:René Descartes

Law of Inertia

I think this needs to be included in the article, as it is a major development in the history of science. From Herbert Butterfield's book The Origins of Modern Science: "Descartes himself achieved the modern formulation of the law of inertia-the view that motion continues in a straight line until interrupted by something-working it out by a natural deduction from his theory of the conservation of momentum, his theory that the amount of motion in the universe always remains the same. It was he rather than Galileo who fully grasped the principle of inertia in all its clarity." (p. 178)

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Missing critical reception

As a passing reader, the lack of discussion of criticism and nearly empty reception section is striking in this article. I'm no studied philosopher, but I must have read a dozen ecofeminists blame Descartes for the subject-object distinction in Western philosophy, or Thomas Merton describing Cogito ergo sum as the "the declaration of an alienated being, in exile from his own spiritual depths, compelled to seek some comfort in a proof for his own existence (!)" -New Seeds of Contemplation. 1961. p. 9.. I'm not arguing about the validity of these claims, but surely some expansion of the Reception section is in order to discuss contemporary authors treatment of Descartes? Sondra.kinsey (talk) 21:59, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

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Marriage

Hi, I've researched Descartes for a few years, and I was under the impression that he never married. The section on 'Netherlands' states "he married his servant Helena". — Preceding unsigned comment added by MaTRiX709 (talkcontribs) 19:06, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

I have checked in the net, and the information obtained is that he did not marry Helena. So an afirmation of the contrary would need a sound reference, that is lacking. Therefore, I proceed to suppress this.-- Auró ( talk) 22:07, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

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