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The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon is the definitive reference source on René Descartes, 'the father of modern philosophy' and arguably among the most important philosophers of all time. Examining the full range of Descartes' achievements and legacy, it includes 256 in-depth entries that explain key concepts relating to his thought. Cumulatively they uncover interpretative disputes, trace his influences, and explain how his work was received by critics and developed by followers. There are entries on topics such as certainty, cogito ergo sum, doubt, dualism, free will, God, geometry, happiness, human being, knowledge, Meditations on First Philosophy, mind, passion, physics, and virtue, which are written by the largest and most distinguished team of Cartesian scholars ever assembled for a collaborative research project - 92 contributors from ten countries.

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Annotated Bibliography
Adam, Charles. 1910. Vie et oeuvres de Descartes. Paris.
Baillet, Adrien. 1691. La vie de Monsieur Descartes, 2 vols. Paris (reprint, New York: Garland, 1987).
Borel, Pierre. 1656 (1653). Vitae Renati Cartesii summi philosophi compendium. Paris.
Clarke, Desmond. 2006. Descartes: A Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gaukroger, Stephen. 1995. Descartes: An Intellectual Biography. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Grayling, A. C. 2005. Descartes: The Life and Times of a Genius. New York: Walker.
Haldane, Elizabeth S. 1905. Descartes: His Life and Times. London: John Murray.
Lipstorp, Daniel. 1653. Specimena Philsophiae Cartesianae. Leiden.
Rodis-Lewis, Geneviève. 1999. Descartes: His Life and Thought, trans. Todd, J. M.. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Sebba, Gregor. 1982. “Adrien Baillet and the Genesis of His Vie de Monsieur Descartes,” in Problems of Cartesianism, ed. Lennon, T., Nicholas, J. M., and Davis, J. W.. Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen's University Press, 9–60.
Verbeek, Theo. 1992. Descartes and the Dutch. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
Vrooman, Jack R. 1970. René Descartes: A Biography. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Watson, Richard A. 2002. Cogito Ergo Sum. Boston: David R. Godine.