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Russell Shorto is the author of a book on the Dutch origins of New York City: The Island at the Center of the World. His most recent work, published in October 2008, is Descartes' Bones, which traces the wanderings of the literal skull and bones of René Descartes through three and a half centuries, and also traces the metaphorical remains of the French philosopher in the modern world.
A 1981 graduate of George Washington University, Shorto is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and is the Director of The John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.


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Descartes' Bones: A Skeleta...
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“We are graced with a godlike ability to transcend time and space in our minds but are chained to death.”
Russell Shorto, Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason

“They had applied their doubts to the very head that had introduced doubt as a tool for advancing knowledge. And in the end they gave the head a nod.”
Russell Shorto, Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason

“So how, in an increasingly interconnected world, do we integrate and still keep our values?”
Russell Shorto, Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

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