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Descartes' Bones Descartes' Bones Descartes' Bones by Russell Shorto
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I find this a book very difficult to evaluate. Well written, organized and research yet it leaves me feeling unsatisfied. It is a sweeping view of history, philosophy, culture. We get some background into Descartes, life and his conflict with the Church. We learn of his followers and opponents. We get a overview of the conflict of faith and reason, the mind body problem and locate him in relation to the history of science and philosophy. But after chewing over his bones, the feast left me wanting more. Shorto gave us the bare bones of Descartes' contributions but didn't get to the meat of the issues.

I'm glad I read the book and may well read it again. The bibliography presented will no doubt be valuable. Perhaps I should read Ernst Cassirer's The Philosophy of the Enlightenment before returning to this book.
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