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Discourse on Method, Optics, Geometry, and Meteorology
This volume preserves the format in which Discourse on Method was originally published: as a preface to Descartes's writings on optics, geometry, and meteorology. In his introduction, Olscamp discusses the value of reading the Discourse alongside these three works, which sheds new light on Descartes’s method. Includes an updated bibliography.
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published March 15th 2001 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
(first published June 8th 1637)
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Sep 20, 2016 Steven rated it liked it · review of another edition
I had to read Descartes' Optics as part of a course on perception in early modern philosophy; Descartes' process of reasoning and the beauty that often lies in his argumentation is what made the work worth reading - even if, of course, many of the ideas and conclusions about 'optics' (how perception, and more specifically visual perception, works) are outdated.
René Descartes, also known as Renatus Cartesius (Latinized form), was a highly influential French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer. He has been dubbed the "Father of Modern Philosophy," and much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which continue to be studied closely. His influence in mathematics is also apparent, the Cartesian coordinate system that is ...moreMore about René Descartes...