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After Aristotle and Plato the breach widened. Galileo, an heir of Plato’s rationalism, showed that Plato was at least half right, that the idea of ﬁnding abstract objective laws relating elements worked for nature. **Descartes generalized that success and claimed that one could analyze any problem into its basic, isolatable elements, and explain the complex in terms of rulelike combinations of such primitives. *Basic principles could be deduced by asking how a perfectly rational and good God would organize the world, and how he would want man to act. All knowledge and action could then be deduced from those ﬁrst principles.***