Between Two Worlds
A Reading of Descartes's 'Meditations'
By (author) John Carriero
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Between Two Worlds by John Carriero
Book DescriptionBetween Two Worlds is an authoritative commentary on--and powerful reinterpretation of--the founding work of modern philosophy, Descartes's Meditations. Philosophers have tended to read Descartes's seminal work in an occasional way, examining its treatment of individual topics while ignoring other parts of the text. In contrast, John Carriero provides a sustained, systematic reading of the whole text, giving a detailed account of the positions against which Descartes was reacting, and revealing anew the unity, meaning, and originality of the Meditations. Carriero finds in the Meditations a nearly continuous argument against Thomistic Aristotelian ways of thinking about cognition, and shows more clearly than ever before how Descartes bridged the old world of scholasticism and the new one of mechanistic naturalism. Rather than casting Descartes's project primarily in terms of skepticism, knowledge, and certainty, Carriero focuses on fundamental disagreements between Descartes and the scholastics over the nature of understanding, the relation between the senses and the intellect, the nature of the human being, and how and to what extent God is cognized by human beings. Against this background, Carriero shows, Descartes developed his own conceptions of mind, body, and the relation between them, creating a coherent, philosophically rich project in the Meditations and setting the agenda for a century of rationalist metaphysics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691135618
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 29-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Carriero
Companion to Descartes, Paperback (November 2010)» View all books by John Carriero
A collection of more than 30 specially commissioned essays, this volume surveys the work of the 17th-century philosopher-scientist commonly regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, while integrating unique essays detailing the context and impact of his work.
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Author Biography - John Carriero
John Carriero is professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, and coeditor of A Companion to Descartes.
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