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The Cambridge Companion to Descartes : Cambridge Companions to Philosophy - John Cottingham

The Cambridge Companion to Descartes

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

By: John Cottingham (Editor)

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Published: 18th January 1993
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Descartes occupies a position of pivotal importance as one of the founding fathers of modern philosophy; he is, perhaps the most widely studied of all philosophers. In this authoritative collection an international team of leading scholars in Cartesian studies present the full range of Descartes' extraordinary philosophical achievement. His life and the development of his thought, as well as the intellectual background to and reception of his work, are treated at length. At the core of the volume are a group of chapters on his metaphysics: the celebrated 'Cogito' argument, the proofs of God's existence, the 'Cartesian circle' and the dualistic theory of the mind and its relation to his theological and scientific views. Other chapters cover the philosophical implications of his work in algebra, his place in the seventeenth-century scientific revolution, the structure of his physics, and his work on physiology and psychology.

"...a collection of unusually fine papers...a valuable guide to contemporary interpretations of Descartes." Canadian Philosophical Reviews "The Cambridge Companion to Descartes is designed to provide an overview of the scholarly conversation about Descartes's writings and make them accessible without trivialization. This book admirably fills its purpose." Emily R. Grosholz, Isis

List of contributors
Chronology
Abbreviations
Introduction
DescartesÆ life and the development of his philosophy Geneviève
Descartes and scholasticism: the intellectual background to DescartesÆ thought
The nature of abstract reasoning: philosophical aspects of DescartesÆ work in algebra
Cartesian metaphysics and the role of the simple natures
The Cogito and its importance
The idea of God and the proofs of his existence
The Cartesian circle
Cartesian dualism: theology, metaphysics, and science
DescartesÆ philosophy of science and the scientific revolution
DescartesÆ physics
DescartesÆ physiology and its relation to his psychology
Descartes on thinking with the body Amélie
The reception of DescartesÆ philosophy
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521366960
ISBN-10: 0521366968
Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 18th January 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.67