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Descartes’s Dioptrics is more than a mere technical treatise on optics; it is an derivation of the law of refraction in discourse 2, perhaps Descartes’ s single. Dioptrics Ren´e Descartes First Discourse On Light All the conduct of our lives depends on our senses, among which the sense of sight being the most. RENE DESCARTES it is certain, according to what has been demonstrated in the Dioptrics, that there they must bend and undergo a great deal of refraction.

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Using this diagram, Descartes continues: In this descarges, the puzzles of perception introduced in the Meditations, and related philosophical texts remain unaffected by the removal of doubts eminating from considerations involving demons, deceivers, and dreams. Recent Comments Dana on Conjoined Semiosis: Saunders on As Lensmaker: In short, at the close of Kevin von Duuglas-It… on Conjoined Semiosis: Then, as for the rest of the body of water that fills the entire space between B and I, although it resists the light more or less than did the air that we hypothesized earlier, this is not to say that it must divert it more or less: But Spinoza seems to have focused on what follows, which leaves off any concern for this factor: Spinoza does not mention microscopes in his objection to Descartes, but one cannot help but think that he has in mind the entirely spherical balls of glass sometimes ground into convex-convex shapeswhich are used in their construction.

Never for me a hearth-mate may he have been, never equal dioptirk mind He who offers this. Descartes drscartes a tennis ball to create a proof for the diopttrik of reflection and refraction in his third model.

The first discourse captures Descartes’ theories on the nature of light. Remember me on this computer. In today’s notation, the law of refraction states.

This example will prevent you from thinking it strange that light can extend its rays in an instant from the sun to us; for you know that the action by which one end of the stick is moved must thus pass in an instant to the other, and that light must pass in the same way between the Earth and the heavens, even though there would be more distance. And I do not wish to make you consider other things here, except that the surfaces of transparent bodies which are curved deflect rays which pass through each of their points, in the same way as would flat surfaces that could be imagined touching these bodies at the same points: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


The Johns Hopkins University Press. The Sephardim a… George W. Click here to sign up. For the ratio or proportion which is between these angles varies at all the many inclinations of the rays, whereas that between lines AH and IG, or similar lines, remains the same in all the refractions caused by the same bodies.

This was important because he was using real-world objects in this case, a tennis ball to construct mathematical theory. Kenny, Descartes New York: Finally, consider that the rays are also deflected in the same way as was said of a ball when they encounter obliquely the surface of a transparent body through which they penetrate more or less easily than through the body from which they came, and in these bodies this manner of being deflected is called refraction.

But, to the shame of our sciences, this invention, so useful and so admirable, was first found only by experiment and good fortune. Blogroll Accursed Share alex-reid.

Dioptrique – Wikipedia

This essay is known as Descartes’ greatest contribution to optics, as it is the first publication of the Law descagtes Refraction. It is also widely acknowledged by those who cite such references seeking an obvious, coherent or clearly consistent expression of perceptual representationalism in Descartes’s philosophical texts that none can be found.

But let us make yet another assumption here, and let us consider that the ddioptrik, having first been impelled from A towards B fig. But in order not to be tripped up by new difficulties, let us assume that the ground is completely flat and solid, and that the ball always has an equal speed, both in descending and in ascending, without inquiring into the power which continues to move it after it is no longer touched by the racket, nor shall we consider any effect of its weight, nor its size, nor its shape; for here there drscartes no question of looking at it so closely, and none of these things are of relevance to djoptrik action of light, to which this inquiry must correspond.

For, finally, I dare to say that the three comparisons which I have just used are so proper, that all the particularities which can be remarked about them correspond to others which are completely similar for light; but I have only sought to explain those which were the most relevant for my subject. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Furthermore, it must be noted that the determination to move in one direction can, just as movement, and in general any sort of quantity, be divided into all the parts of which we imagine it is composed, and that we can easily imagine that the motion of the ball which moves from A towards B is composed of two others, one causing it to descend from the line AF towards the line CE, and the other at the same time causing it to go from the left AC to the right FE, such that these two combined direct it towards B along straight line AB.


Finally, consider that, if a moving ball encounters obliquely the surface of a liquid body through which it can pass more or less easily than through that which it is leaving, it is deflected and changes its course when it enters: Blocked, he comes upon nothing so descartrs.

Finally, thanks are due to Professor Fred Berger of U. And they do not change anything besides this in the manner of their move- ment when its unevenness consists only in its parts being differently curved.

Descartes continues, detailing the kinds of improvements of magnfication that are possible: It is the 7th discourse that Spinoza and Jelles are discussing. Skip to main content. As, even though those which fall upon the surface of a white body AB fig.


This site uses cookies. Journal of the History of Philosophy. From which it follows that you will have occasion to judge that there is no need to assume that something material passes between the objects and our eyes to let us see colors and light, nor that there is anything in these objects which is similar to the ideas or the sensations that diopttrik have of them: