Descartes was born in La Haye on March 31, 1596 of Joachim Descartesand Jeanne Brochard. He was one of a number of surviving children (twosiblings and two half-siblings). His father was a lawyer andmagistrate, which apparently left little time for family. Descartes'mother died in May of the year following his birth, and he, his fullbrother and sister, Pierre and Jeanne, were left to be raised by theirgrandmother in La Haye. At around ten years of age, in 1606, he wassent to the Jesuit college of La Flèche. He studied there until 1614,and in 1615 entered the University of Poitiers, where a year later hereceived his Baccalaureate and License in Canon & Civil Law. Forthe history and the text of his thesis, see the following supplementarydocument:


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