Aaron Spink

Affiliation: 

University of South Florida

The Two Scientific Methods of the Discourse on Method

In this essay I argue that the most common strategy for interpreting the connection between Descartes’ method in the Discourse on Method and the examples appended to that work is misguided. The received view is that the method of Descartes' Discourse is found primarily in part II, where he gives four general rules. Further, many commentators have sought to establish a connection to Descartes’ earlier work, the Regulae.