A Reader's Guide
By (author) Richard Francks
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Descartes' Meditations by Richard Francks
Book DescriptionThis is a Reader's Guide to one of the most important, and most frequently studied, works in the history of philosophy - an essential addition to the series."Descartes' Meditations" is one of the most important texts in the whole history of philosophy. Descartes is widely regarded as the father of modern philosophy and the issues raised in the Meditations have often been taken to define the very nature of philosophy. As such, it is a hugely important and exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing.In "Descartes' Meditations: A Reader's Guide", Richard Francks offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. The book offers a detailed review of the key themes and a lucid commentary that will enable readers to rapidly navigate the text. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of the text as a whole, the guide explores the complex and important ideas inherent in the text and provides a cogent survey of the reception and influence of Descartes' seminal work. This is the ideal companion to study of this most influential and challenging of texts." Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826492845
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Francks
Descartes' Meditations, Hardback (July 2008)
"Descartes' Meditations" is one of the most important texts in the history of philosophy. Descartes is regarded as the father of modern philosophy and the issues raised in the Meditations have often been taken to define the very nature of philosophy. This book offers an account of this philosophical work.
Leibniz's 'New System', Paperback (January 2006)
Offers a collection of key texts in a crucial debate in modern philosophy, centred on Leibniz's famous 1695 essay, the 'New System of the Nature of Substances and their Communication', in which he introduced his strikingly original theory of metaphysics. The texts are translated and extensively annotated; many appear in English for the first time.
Modern Philosophy, Paperback (October 2003)
This introductory text for students gives a thematic survey of the ideas of the major philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Topics include Perception And Ideas, Matter And Motion, Necessity And Freedom, And Minds and persons.
Philosophical Texts, Paperback (January 1998)» View all books by Richard Francks
This volumes collects together texts including 'Discourse on Metaphysics', the 'New System' and the 'Mondalogy', and includes critical reactions to these works by some of Leibniz's contemporaries together with Leibniz's responses. The texts are supplemented by an editorial introduction, summaries, endnotes and a full bibliography.
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Author Biography - Richard Francks
Richard Francks is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK. He has taught Descartes' Meditations to first-year undergraduates for many years. Publications included Modern Philosophy (Routledge, 2003) and G. W. Leibniz: Philosophical Texts (OUP, 1998).
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