|Abstract||Descartes was born in La Haye (now Descartes) in Touraine and educated at the Jesuit college of La Fleche in Anjou. Descartes’ modern reputation as a rationalistic armchair philosopher, whose mind-body dualism is the source of damaging divisions between psychology and the life sciences, is almost entirely undeserved. Some 90% of his surviving correspondence is on mathematics and on scientific matters, from acoustics and hydrostatics to chemistry and the practical problems of constructing scientific instruments. Descartes was just as interested in the motions of matter as in the supernatural soul, and he advised against spending too much time on metaphysical inquiries which neglect imagination and the senses.|
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