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Meditations on First Philosophy : with Selections from the Objections and Replies - René Descartes

Meditations on First Philosophy

with Selections from the Objections and Replies

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Here is a brilliant new translation of Descartes's Meditations, one of the most influential books in the history of Western philosophy, including the full texts of the Third and Fourth Objections and Replies, and a selection from the other exchanges. Discovering his own existence as a thinking entity in the very exercise of doubt--in the famous formulation cogito, ergo sum--Descartes goes on to develop new conceptions of body and mind, capable of serving as foundations for a new science of nature. Subsequent philosophy has grappled with Descartes's ideas, but his arguments set the agenda for many of the greatest philosophical thinkers, and their fascination endures. This new translation pays particular attention to Descartes's terminology and style, with its elaborate but beautifully lucid syntax, careful balancing, and rhetorical signposting. The wide-ranging introduction places the work in the intellectual context of the time and discusses the nature of the work, its structure, key issues, and its influence on later thinkers. The book also includes notes, an up-to-date bibliography, a chronology, and an index.

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Note on the Text and Translation
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A Chronology of Rene Descartes
Meditations On First Philosophyp. 1
Letter of Dedicationp. 3
Preface to the Readerp. 7
Synopsis of the following Six Meditationsp. 10
First Meditationp. 13
Second Meditationp. 17
Third Meditationp. 25
Fourth Meditationp. 38
Fifth Meditationp. 45
Sixth Meditationp. 51
The Objections and Repliesp. 65
Introductionp. 67
First Objections and Repliesp. 74
Second Objections and Repliesp. 85
Third Objectionsp. 107
Fourth Objections and Repliesp. 125
Fifth Objections and Repliesp. 166
Sixth Objections and Repliesp. 199
Seventh Objectionsp. 214
Explanatory Notesp. 232
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780192806963
ISBN-10: 0192806963
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 16.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26