Your anti-Cartesian life

Dune near Santpoort, one of Rene Descartes addresses
Dune near Santpoort (Netherlands), one of Rene Descartes addresses

As I started writing this post, I decided to get my facts right and read up on René Descartes (1596 – 1650). I have been quietly blaming him for everything that is wrong in this world and I assumed that this annoying Frenchman had spent his days prancing around the French courts of trite, spouting his novel thoughts. You’ll understand my surprise when I learned that René Descartes fell in love with a Dutch woman and the Netherlands, and spent most of his life in that nation of unsophisticated pragmatists. Continue reading Your anti-Cartesian life