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The Philosophical Writings Of Descartes
Volumes I and II provided a completely new translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. Volume III contains 207 of Descartes' letters, over half of which have previously not been translated into English. It incorporates, in its entirety, Anthony Kenny's celebrated translation of selected philosophical letters, fir ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published August 30th 1991 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 1969)
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This edition includes "Meditations on First Philosophy", and almost more importantly the "Objections and Responses". I highly recommend that anyone wanting to read Descartes not only read "Meditations" but the Objections written by thinkers at the time who Descartes asked for these arguments, and then Descartes responses to what they said. The Objections (Particularly Objection 5 by Pierre Gassendi) are hugely important, and how Descartes handled it is very telling.
Feb 06, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Descartes fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
I took the History of Classical Modern Philosophy during the first semester in Loyola University Chicago's graduate program. We were assigned the Meditations, maybe the Discourse, but I went on to comb my library for volumes containing other works by Descartes and came up with this Norman Kemp Smith translation of several works.
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...