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Title:
Descartes and Augustine
Author:
Menn, Stephen, 1964-
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Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.

©1998
Physical Description:
xvi, 415 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, 1989.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780521012843
Format :
Book

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Summary

This book is the first systematic study of Descartes' relationship to Augustine. It offers a complete reevaluation of Descartes' thought and as such will be of major importance to all historians of medieval, neo-Platonic, or early modern philosophy. Special features include a reading of the Meditations, a comprehensive historical and philosophical introduction to Augustine's thought, a detailed account of Plotinus, and a contextualization of Descartes' mature philosophical project.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Descartes and the history of philosophy
2 Descartesa project for a new philosophy
Part I Augustinian Wisdom
3 Plotinus
4 Augustine
Part II Descartesa Metaphysics
5 The design of the Meditations
6 Isolating the soul and God
7 Theodicy and Method
8 From God to bodies
9 Conclusion