Descartes, Discourse on Method The Discourse is sometimes seen as a junior partner to the Meditations. In fact it has a different role in Descartes?s oeuvre and it tackles important philosophical problems that are not dealt with in the Meditations. These include questions of scientific method, ethics, education, the problem of animal-consciousness, the relation between language and rationality, and the mechanistic view of nature and man?s body. In this course we will read the Discourse placing particular emphasis on Descartes? pioneering view of language and its interpretation in the work of Naom Chomsky.