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Treatise of Man by Rene Descartes
Book DescriptionBesides his more famous works of philosophy - "Discourse on Method", "Meditations on First Philosophy", and "Principles of Philosophy" - Descartes devoted a great deal of time and thought to the study of physiology and anatomy. An account of his activities in 1629 reports that he visited butcher shops on an almost daily basis to study specific animal organs, and he practised dissection and even vivisection to explore the workings of major organ systems. In the 1630s, he assisted in the dissection of human cadavers - all to satisfy his intense curiosity about how bodies, animal and human, work. The fruits of this research can be found in his "Treatise of Man", a work that he decided not to publish for fear of suffering the same fate as Galileo. Consequently, this fascinating treatise did not appear until twelve years after his death. This is a landmark work that students of history, medicine, biology, and the history of science will find richly rewarding.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781591020905
(213mm x 137mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rene Descartes
Discourse on Method, Paperback (November 2016)
Descartes' Discourse, presented here in an engaging new translation, is a perfect point of entry into early modern philosophical and scientific thought.
Passions of the Soul and Other Late Philosophical Writings, Paperback (November 2015)
The Passions of the Soul is Descartes's greatest contribution to the understanding of the union of mind and body. It discusses the emotions and their place in human life. This volume also includes both sides of the correspondence with Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, crucial to the genesis of the work, and Part I of The Principles of Philosophy.
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.
Meditations, Paperback (August 2010)» View all books by Rene Descartes
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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