Rene Descartes

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Noun1.Rene Descartes - French philosopher and mathematicianRene Descartes - French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)
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He explains Descartes's metaphysics down to the abstractions and universals and the causal adequacy principle; religion, including the causal arguments for God's existence, knowledge in terms of the Scientia and the Cartesian Circle; physics, including space and place, the nature of motion and the question of the condemnation of Galileo; human nature; and sensations, passions and morality.
The adequacy principle tends to promote social policies that redistribute income such as welfare programs.
For instance, New York's highest court threw out an equity suit in 1982, but the plaintiffs later regrouped around the adequacy principle. They prevailed at the trial level but were reversed on intermediate appeal.