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Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Rene Descartes - Stephen Voss

Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Rene Descartes

By: Stephen Voss (Editor)

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Published: 4th February 1993
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A major contribution to Descartes studies, this book provides a panorama of cutting-edge scholarship ranging widely over Descartes's own primary concerns: metaphysics, physics, and its applications. It is at once a tool for scholars and--steering clear of technical Cartesian science--an accessible resource that will delight nonspecialists. The contributors include Edwin Curley, Willis Doney, Alan Gabbey, Daniel Garber, Marjorie Grene, Gary Hatfield, Marleen Rozemond, John Schuster, Dennis Sepper, Stephen Voss, Stephen Wagner, Margaret Welson, Jean Marie Beyssade, Michelle Beyssade, Michel Henry, Evert van Leeuwen, Jean-Luc Marion, GeneviA]ve Rodis-Lewis, and Jean-Pierre SA(c)ris. Combining new textual sensitivity with attentiveness to history, they represent the best established scholars and most exciting new voices, including both English speaking and newly-translated writers. Part I examines the foundations of Descartes's philosophy: Cartesian certainty; the phenomenology of the cogito and its modulations in the passions; and the defensibility and comprehensibility of the Cartesian God. The second part examines Descartes's groundbreaking metaphysics: mind's distinctness from and interaction with body; imagination; perception; and language. Part III examines Cartesian science: the revolutionary rhetoric of the Rules and the Discourse; the metaphysical foundations of physics; the interplay of rationalism and empiricism; the mechanics and human biology that flow from Descartes's physics.

"[T]he superlative quality of the essays examined in this review represents the promise of those that are not mentioned. Suffice it to say that in this volume Stephen Voss has succeeded in presenting the intellectual community with a wealth of perspectives from which Cartesian scholarship can be fruitfully approached."--Philosophical Reviews "Contains many important essays. A very useful tool."--Alan Nelson, University of California, Irvine "[T]he superlative quality of the essays examined in this review represents the promise of those that are not mentioned. Suffice it to say that in this volume Stephen Voss has succeeded in presenting the intellectual community with a wealth of perspectives from which Cartesian scholarship can be fruitfully approached."--Philosophical Reviews "Contains many important essays. A very useful tool."--Alan Nelson, University of California, Irvine

Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
Introductionp. 3
Cartesian Philosophy: Its Foundations in the Cogito and Theology
Certainty: Psychological, Moral, and Metaphysicalp. 11
The Cogito: Privileged Truth or Exemplary Truth?p. 31
The Soul According to Descartesp. 40
Generosity and Phenomenology: Remarks on Michel Henry's Interpretation of the Cartesian Cogitop. 52
Did Caterus Misunderstand Descartes's Ontological Proof?p. 75
On the Idea of God: Incomprehensibility or Incompatibilities?p. 85
Cartesian Metaphysics: The Mind's Capacities and Relations to the Body
The Role of the Intellect in Descartes's Case for the Incorporeity of the Mindp. 97
Mind-Body Interaction in Descartesp. 115
Simplicity and the Seat of the Soulp. 128
Ingenium, Memory Art, and the Unity of Imaginative Knowing in the Early Descartesp. 142
Descartes on the Perception of Primary Qualitiesp. 162
Language and Machine in the Philosophy of Descartesp. 177
Cartesian Science: Its Rhetoric, Principles, and Fruits
Whatever Should We Do with Cartesian Method? Reclaiming Descartes for the History of Sciencep. 195
Method, Discourse, and the Act of Knowingp. 224
From Metaphysics to Physicsp. 242
Reason, Nature, and God in Descartesp. 259
Descartes and Experiment in the Discourse and Essaysp. 288
Descartes's Physics and Descartes's Mechanics: Chicken and Egg?p. 311
The Heart and Blood: Descartes, Plemp, and Harveyp. 324
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780195075502
ISBN-10: 0195075501
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 4th February 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 16.23  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.65