The Stoicism of Descartes

On Conquering Oneself Rather than Fortune

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In the 17th century, Rene Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, described how his famous epistemological meditations led him to develop a moral code, based upon three central maxims.

The first two of these refer to respect for custom and consistency in life. However, Descartes’ account of his third maxim provides a…




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Donald J. Robertson

Donald J. Robertson

Cognitive psychotherapist, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor (2019), featured in Forge, The Guardian.

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