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Beginner's Guide to Descartes's Meditations

ISBN-10: 1405158557
ISBN-13: 9781405158558
Edition: 2008
Authors: Gareth Southwell
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Description: Ren Descartes's Meditations on the First Philosophy is undeniably one of the most important works in Western philosophy. First published in 1641, it contains the bulk of Descartes's central philosophical opinions, making it an ideal introduction to  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Ren Descartes's Meditations on the First Philosophy is undeniably one of the most important works in Western philosophy. First published in 1641, it contains the bulk of Descartes's central philosophical opinions, making it an ideal introduction to the founding father of modern philosophy. A Beginner's Guide to Descartes's Meditations offers a concise and readable summary of the Meditations, geared toward students embarking on their studies (at A-level, or on undergraduate degree courses) and general readers. Well-illustrated with tables, diagrams, and images, it provides a clear explanation of the seventeenth century text's central themes, ideas, and terminology. The guide balances critical analyses of Descartes' main arguments with discussion of his correspondence with his contemporaries (the Objections and Replies) and subsequent criticism. It also provides references to further readings, films, and literature that contain similar philosophical themes. A glossary of difficult terms and relevant biographical and historical information make A Beginner's Guide to Descartes's Meditations an ideal companion for those new to the study of philosophy.

List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Background
Explanation and Summary of Main Arguments
Introduction
About the Things We May Doubt
Of the Nature of the Human Mind; and that it is Easier to Know than the Body
Of God; that He Exists
Of Truth and Error
Of the Essence of Material Things; and, Once More of God, that He Exists
Of the Existence of Material Things, and of the Real Distinction between the Soul and the Body of Man
Critical Themes
Introduction
Objections and Replies
Certainty and Doubt
Dualism
The Existence of God
Rationalism vs. Empiricism
Foundationalism and the Cartesian Circle
Notes
Overview of the Meditations
Selected Summaries of Objections and Replies
Glossary
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
Index

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