Mark Steel Lectures - Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes was the man responsible for the catchphrase 'I think therefore I am' - Not quite as good as 'Am I bovvered' or 'I'm a Laydeeee' perhaps, but infinitely better than 'Shut that Door.' In many respects, Descartes was a bit of an oddity. Born into the lower ranks of the French nobility in 1596, he made it his business never to get up before noon, he smoked tobacco that was cut with dope and when he'd done that, he laid down the blueprint for all modern day thinking on any given subject for the next 400 years. Whilst sitting in an oven. Yes, an oven.

In this latest edition of his BAFTA nominated series of lectures, writer and broadcaster Mark Steel sifts through the life and times of a philosopher whose radical thinking resulted in one University banning his work and forbidding its students and teachers to even mention his very name. (from

Mark Steel Lectures - Rene Descartes

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Rene Descartes - wikipedia
Rene Descartes (1596-1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic.
Rene Descartes
The French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes. Books written by Descartes - The geometry, Discourse on Method, Meditations on First Philosophy. And a film about Descartes.

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Lecture 01 - Lord Byron
Lecture 02 - Isaac Newton
Lecture 03 - Sigmund Freud
Lecture 04 - Aristotle
Lecture 05 - Charles Darwin
Lecture 06 - Karl Marx
Lecture 07 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Lecture 08 - Leonardo da Vinci
Lecture 09 - Mary Shelley
Lecture 10 - Thomas Paine
Lecture 11 - Sylvia Pankhurst
Lecture 12 - Albert Einstein
Lecture 13 - Oliver Cromwell
Lecture 14 - Charlie Chaplin
Lecture 15 - Rene Descartes
Lecture 16 - Geoffrey Chaucer
Lecture 17 - Harriet Tubman
Lecture 18 - Che Guevara