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However, it must be noted that like many philosophers, Descartes should not be readily boxed – in much of his writing, a commonsensical emphasis on the senses is evident. Nevertheless, the aim is to reduce the sciences to follow the mathematic method and the reason for this is based on his argument that all physical entities must possess extension (into the three dimensions) and thus can be mapped geometrically and their relationships, and so on be described mathematically. But since all Descartes, René (1596–1650) 49 things possess extension (and thus can be measured and mapped), he could not logically accept the existence of nothingness – of the void.

Berkeley prompted a defence of Locke’s philosophy by David Hume but he also influenced the German idealism of Kant and Hegel. Causation Science parades various versions of causation: nuclear, chemical, mechanical, electromagnetic and biological. Logically, causation is about how an X causes a Y to happen. If X is said to cause Y, an inference is to suggest either that whenever X happens, Y must follow, or that in the absence of X, Y does not happen at all; which implies that if we find a Y, then an X must have happened.

What initially appealed to Descartes’s mind was the certainty that mathematics provided, and turning its logical attractiveness to philosophy he sought to haul contemporary philosophy (as he saw it) out of its scholastic morass. Secondly, the rediscovery of the Ancient Greek and Roman texts had encouraged a return to scepticism, and since scepticism may lead to nihilist or solipsist conclusions, which dogmatists of all colours find repugnant or troubling, a reaction ensued which some thinkers sought to deal with by working out a secure foundation upon which to build a philosophical edifice.

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