Descartes: The World and Other Writings
By (author) Rene Descartes
Edited by Stephen Gaukroger
Series edited by Karl Ameriks
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Descartes: The World and Other Writings by Rene Descartes
Book DescriptionDescartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a sceptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, the Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, a physical optics, and a cosmology. The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from the Dioptrics and the Meteors, and an English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521631587
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Descartes' Discourse, presented here in an engaging new translation, is a perfect point of entry into early modern philosophical and scientific thought.
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Meditations on First Philosophy, Paperback (June 2013)
Complete with a new and highly readable translation, this edition makes the classic text more accessible than ever before.
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Widely regarded as the father of modern Western philosophy, Descartes sought to look beyond established ideas and create a thought system based on reason. In this work, he meditates on doubt, the human soul, God, truth and the nature of existence itself.
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