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Descartes

ISBN-10: 0192854097
ISBN-13: 9780192854094
Edition: 2000
Authors: Tom Sorell
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Description: Ren Descartes (1596-1650) had a remarkably short working life, and his output was small, yet his contributions to philosophy and science have endured to the present day. He is perhaps best known for his statement 'Cogito, ergo sum'. By a mixture of  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 4.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Ren Descartes (1596-1650) had a remarkably short working life, and his output was small, yet his contributions to philosophy and science have endured to the present day. He is perhaps best known for his statement 'Cogito, ergo sum'. By a mixture of 'intuition' and 'deduction' Descartes derived from the 'cogito' principle first the existence of a material world. But Descartes did not intend the metaphysics to stand apart from his scientific work, which included important investigations into physics, mathematics, psychology, and optics. In this book Tom Sorrell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences.

Texts and Translations
List of Illustrations
Matter and Metaphysics
The Discovery of a Vocation
One Science, One Method
'Absolutes', Simple Natures, and Problems
Roaming about in the World
Paris
The Suppressed Physics
Three Specimens of a Method
A New 'Logic'
The Need for Metaphysics
The Meditations
Doubt without Scepticism?
The Theologians and the God of Physics
Ideas
The Mind
Body
The Physics Made Public
The 'Other Sciences'
Last Days
Descartes's Ghost
Further Reading
Index

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