Happy birthday, René! Descartes was born more than 400 years ago, in 1596.

COGITO ERGO SUM
I THINK, THEREFORE I AM

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On March 31st in 1596, philosopher René Descartes is born in France. He is probably best known for the phrase “Cogito ergo sum,” translated into Inglés as “I think, therefore I am.”

He followed that famous quote with a logical argument claiming the existence of God. In essence, he argued that the idea of God, a perfect being, could only be caused by that perfect God. Fellow philosopher Pascal, an avid Christian, considered Descartes a mere deist. though he repeatedly wrote about his devotion to Roman Catholicism.

The Latinized version of his name is Renatus Cartesius, and to describe something with his qualities is to be Cartesian.

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