Descartes purpose here is not to teach the way for which everyone should follow, but to show how he goes about his own way…he believes in moving about his task slowly, as to keep him on the right path, because those who hurry, he says, will stray from it. Descartes outlines four rules he will follow to achieve ‘a firm and constant resolution.’ The first is to avoid judging quickly. He will only judge what appears to him clearest in his mind. (so clear that he has no reason to doubt it.) The second is to divide ‘difficulties’ (?) into as many parts as possible, and in this way it’ll be easier for him to solve them. The third is to keep his thoughts in order, and the fourth is to keep that order as complete as possible.