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René Descartes had a tough life. His mother died when he was a year old, and he was raised by his grandmother, who died when he was 13. He never married, and had an illegitimate daughter. Tragically, she died from an illness when she was 5 years old. For most of his life, he preferred solitude to social interaction. Toward the end of his life he became the private tutor of Queen Christina of...