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Descartes: The World and Other Writings

Descartes: The World and Other Writings

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

  • Date Published: December 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521636469

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  • Descartes' 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 skeptically-driven epistemology. This volume offers a new translation of the work together with related writings that illuminate it, including the first English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body.

    • Important text for understanding Descartes' later major works
    • Provides an alternative translation
    • Useful introduction, chronology and notes on further reading
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    "...an important addition to Descartes scholarship and required reading for those working on Descartes and the history of science." Russell Wahl, Philosophy in Review

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    • Date Published: December 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521636469
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Chronology
    Further reading
    Note on the texts
    The World and other writings:
    1. The Treatise on Light
    2. Discourse 2 of the Dioptrics
    3. Discourse 8 of the Meteors
    4. The Treatise on Man
    5. Description of the Human Body
    Index.

  • Author

    René Descartes

    Editor

    Stephen Gaukroger, University of Sydney

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