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Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy

Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy

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  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521005258

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  • Towards the end of his life, Descartes published the first four parts of a projected six-part work, The Principles of Philosophy. This was intended to be the definitive statement of his complete system of philosophy, dealing with everything from cosmology to the nature of human happiness. In this book, Stephen Gaukroger examines the whole system, and reconstructs the last two parts, 'On Living Things' and 'On Man', from Descartes' other writings. He relates the work to the tradition of late Scholastic textbooks which it follows, and also to Descartes' other philosophical writings, and he examines the ways in which Descartes transformed not only the practice of natural philosophy but also our understanding of what it is to be a philosopher. His book is a comprehensive examination of Descartes' complete philosophical system.

    • First reconstruction of the whole of Descartes' Principles of Philosophy
    • First book to examine Descartes' notion of a philosopher/scientist
    • By author of best-selling intellectual biography of Descartes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Gaukroger's book provides many insights into the sturcture and function of Descartes' natural philosophy and should provoke fruitful discussions in the relevant areas of Cartesian and Early Modern study.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

    'Descartes scholars everywhere will welcome this book.' Endeavour

    ' … the book is much recommended. Descartes' System performs a badly needed job proficiently, and everyone who cares about Descartes or early modern natural philosophy should read it.' Oxford Academic Journals

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    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521005258
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.434kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Before the Principia
    2. The scholastic textbook tradition
    3. Part I: the principles of knowledge
    4. Part II: the principles of material objects
    5. Part III: the visible universe
    6. Part IV: the earth
    7. Part V: living things
    8. Part VI: man.

  • Author

    Stephen Gaukroger, University of Sydney
    Educated at University of London (BA, 1974) and University of Cambridge (PhD, 1977). Currently Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Sydney. Previous Books include: Explanatory Structures (1978), Descartes: Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics (1980), Cartesian Logic (1989), Descartes, An Intellectual Biography (1995), Descartes: The World and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The Soft Underbelly of Reason (1998), Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy (2000) and Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early Modern Philosophy (2001).

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