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Descartes' Metaphysical Physics : Science & Its Conceptual Foundations S. - Daniel Garber

Descartes' Metaphysical Physics

Science & Its Conceptual Foundations S.

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In this first book-length treatment of Descartes' important and influential natural philosophy, Daniel Garber is principally concerned with Descartes' accounts of matter and motion--the joint between Descartes' philosophical and scientific interests. These accounts constitute the point at which the metaphysical doctrines on God, the soul, and body, developed in writings like the "Meditations," give rise to physical conclusions regarding atoms, vacua, and the laws that matter in motion must obey.
Garber achieves a philosophically rigorous reading of Descartes that is sensitive to the historical and intellectual context in which he wrote. What emerges is a novel view of this familiar figure, at once unexpected and truer to the historical Descartes.
The book begins with a discussion of Descartes' intellectual development and the larger project that frames his natural philosophy, the complete reform of all the sciences. After this introduction Garber thoroughly examines various aspects of Descartes' physics: the notion of body and its identification with extension; Descartes' rejection of the substantial forms of the scholastics; his relation to the atomistic tradition of atoms and the void; the concept of motion and the laws of motion, including Descartes' conservation principle, his laws of the persistence of motion, and his collision law; and the grounding of his laws in God.

Preface
Abbreviations
Prologue
Descartes' Vocation
Descartes' Project
Body: Its Existence and Nature
Descartes against His Teachers: The Refutation of Hylomorphism
Descartes against the Atomists: Indivisibility, Space, and Void
Motion
Motion and Its Laws: Part 1, Preliminaries and the Laws of Persistence
Motion and Its Laws: Part 2, The Law of Impact
Appendix: God and the Ground of the Laws of Motion: Immutability, Force, and Finite Causes
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226282190
ISBN-10: 0226282198
Series: Science & Its Conceptual Foundations S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 1st May 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Type: New edition