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Descartes : A Very Short Introduction - Tom Sorell


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 12th October 2000
ISBN: 9780192854094
Number Of Pages: 128

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Descartes is perhaps best known for his statement, "Cogito, ergo sum, " the cornerstone of his metaphysics. But he did not intend the metaphysics to stand apart from his scientific work, which included important investigations into physics, mathematics, and optics. In this book, Sorell shows that Descarates was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of the new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his philosophies to support his discoveries in the sciences.

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`Sorell's account well portrays the intensely personal character of Descartes's thought, and in doing so tells us much about the thinker himself. The pages ... devoted to the Meditations surely constitute the best available introductory sketch of Descartes's classic.' Times Higher Education Supplement `concise and lucid ... it radiates authority' J. V. Field, Mathematical Reviews

Texts and Translationsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Matter and Metaphysicsp. 1
The Discovery of a Vocationp. 6
One Science, One Methodp. 10
'Absolutes', Simple Natures, and Problemsp. 13
Roaming about in the Worldp. 20
Parisp. 25
The Suppressed Physicsp. 30
Three Specimens of a Methodp. 37
A New 'Logic'p. 45
The Need for Metaphysicsp. 51
The Meditationsp. 56
Doubt without Scepticism?p. 61
The Theologians and the God of Physicsp. 65
Ideasp. 71
The Mindp. 77
Bodyp. 82
The Physics Made Publicp. 88
The 'Other Sciences'p. 94
Last Daysp. 97
Descartes's Ghostp. 101
Further Readingp. 107
Indexp. 111
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ISBN: 9780192854094
ISBN-10: 0192854097
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 12th October 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.73 x 11.46  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.12

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