Rene Descartes was born in France and educated at the Royal Jesuit College. He developed the habit of sleeping in ’til late every morning, which is how he got into meditation.
Descartes was a volunteer soldier during Europe’s Thirty Years war. After four years of soldiering, he got back to his studies of math and philosophy.
Descartes developed a deep passion for philosophy and dedicated much of his life to it. He was quite prominent in the philosophical communities at the time, so much so that the Queen of Sweden personally invited him to discuss philosophy.
Descartes is one of the most famous philosophers in history and his works helped build the foundation of what modern philosophy is today. His conclusion ‘I think therefore I am‘ has made its way into the modern day mainstream and has been the source of countless internet memes.