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The World and Other Writings

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Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a skeptica ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 26th 1998 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1998)
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May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not much to say other than this book is a summary of Descartes' theory of everything (cognition aside). In about 200 pages, Descartes presents a unifying theory about the nature of matter, a geometrisation of nature as exemplified in his figures on optical refraction and reflection, a speculative theory of planetary motion which evoked vortices , and, lastly, a description of the human/animal body that aspired to implement Descartes' mechanistic metaphysic in physiology. Moreover, Descates reaff ...more
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, france
A revolutionary victory over the Classical world-feeling which had power over the Western sciences and academies through medieval Aristotelian Scholasticism. Reinterprets the world as a struggle between competing forces under a baroque monotheistic God whose will has infinite spatial power.
Kristopher
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy-texts
With a book of this nature there is always an ambiguity... am I fond of the work of Descartes, of Gaukroger (the editor/translator) or both? I would like to offer Descartes's work the four stars, and Gaukroger's introduction/notes five.
First on the collection itself, the introduction and the notes: Gaukroger does an excellent job compiling some of Descartes's scientific writings and in his preface painstakingly outlines what Descartes thinks he accomplishes in the pages that follow. His notes a
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Ashwin
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is like Descartes' notebook where he has noted down observations about the human body, light, optics and astronomy. Unless someone is studying the history of science, this book is not very interesting.
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maar dan de recente Nederlandse vertaling: De Wereld - De Mens.
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You can see the influence of it on modern physics.
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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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