Italian Version


Instead of the great number of precepts of which logic is composed,
I believed that the four following would prove perfectly sufficient for me,
provided I took the firm and unwavering resolution
never in a single instance to fail in observing them.
The first was never to accept anything for true
which I did not clearly know to be such;
that is to say, carefully to avoid precipitancy and prejudice,
and to comprise nothing more in my judgement
than what was presented to my mind so clearly and distinctly
as to exclude all ground of doubt.
The second, to divide each of the difficulties under examination
into as many parts as possible,
and as might be necessary for its adequate solution.
The third, to conduct my thoughts in such order that,
by commencing with objects the simplest and easiest to know,
I might ascend by little and little, and, as it were, step by step,
to the knowledge of the more complex;
assigning in thought a certain order even to those objects
which in their own nature do not stand
in a relation of antecedence and sequence.
And the last, in every case to make enumerations so complete,
and reviews so general,
that I might be assured that nothing was omitted.

Discourse on the Method, Descartes, 1637   


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