Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes

"Meditations on First Philosophy" is a philosophical treatise that introduces the concept of radical doubt as a foundational element of knowledge. The book is known for the famous philosophical statement, "I think, therefore I am," which the author uses to establish the existence of the self as a necessary truth. The author also presents arguments for the existence of a benevolent God and the immortality of the soul, while examining the differences between the mind and the body, the nature of reality, and the limits of human understanding.

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Total Points: 486

Since this book was first published in 1641, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 486.0.

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