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In The Essential Descartes, the passion, precision, and deep humanity of this avant-garde 17th-century thinker are presented in a selection from his most profound writings, including his Discourse on Method, Meditations on First Philosophy, and Rules for the Direction of the Mind.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1969 by Plume
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Dr. Tim
Having studied and read René Descartes during my many years at University, I was curious to see how he was considered in a book that claims to be "essential" in terms of his life and work. Though I have studied him in greater depth, this is a decent effort to disseminate and discuss his overall philosophies and writings. From his early metaphysical reflections to his later epistemology, his fascinating ontology to his a priori trademark argument in the realm of theology, this book certainly give ...more
Jun 30, 2016 Zack rated it really liked it
The introduction almost made me stop reading. Descartes... not too bad.
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Apr 08, 2016 Thomas Runyon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Philosophers
Some Very heavy reading. Be prepared to read the same line, or an entire page over many times. Its tricky, but well worth the time puzzling things out. Its laid out well, except of course where things are missing because he never finished the rules up. Its an intense read, and it will change your perspective on some things. Worth it, if you can get through it.
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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 ...more
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