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Title:
Discourse on method and Meditations on first philosophy
Author:
Descartes, René, 1596-1650.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis : Hackett Pub. Co., [1980]

©1980
Physical Description:
xiii, 100 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Translations of Discours de la méthode and Meditationes de prima philosophia.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780915144853

9780915144846
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Descartes is considered the father of modern philosophy, and these two works capture the essence of his thinking. In A Discourse on Method, he explores the moral implications of his method, the reasonings by which he deduces that God exists and that man has a soul, and the implications of his philosophy on science. A Discourse on Method includes Descartes' most famous and quotable statement: "I think; therefore, I am." Meditations on First Philosophy is one of the foundational works in philosophy. Both books are must reading for all who wish to have a solid grounding in philosophy and the development of Western thought. This edition contains the time-honored translation by Elizabeth S. Haldane.


Summary

Descartes is considered the father of modern philosophy, and these two works capture the essence of his thinking. In A Discourse on Method, he explores the moral implications of his method, the reasonings by which he deduces that God exists and that man has a soul, and the implications of his philosophy on science. A Discourse on Method includes Descartes' most famous and quotable statement: "I think; therefore, I am." Meditations on First Philosophy is one of the foundational works in philosophy. Both books are must reading for all who wish to have a solid grounding in philosophy and the development of Western thought. This edition contains the time-honored translation by Elizabeth S. Haldane.


Author Notes

Best known for the quote from his Meditations de prima philosophia, or Meditations on First Philosophy (1641), "I think therefore I am," philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes also devoted much of his time to the studies of medicine, anatomy and meteorology. Part of his Discourse on the Method for Rightly Conducting One's Reason and Searching for the Truth in the Sciences (1637) became the foundation for analytic geometry. Descartes is also credited with designing a machine to grind hyperbolic lenses, as part of his interest in optics.

Rene Descartes was born in 1596 in La Haye, France. He began his schooling at a Jesuit college before going to Paris to study mathematics and to Poitiers in 1616 to study law. He served in both the Dutch and Bavarian military and settled in Holland in 1629. In 1649, he moved to Stockholm to be a philosophy tutor to Queen Christina of Sweden. He died there in 1650. Because of his general fame and philosophic study of the existence of God, some devout Catholics, thinking he would be canonized a saint, collected relics from his body as it was being transported to France for burial.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Best known for the quote from his Meditations de prima philosophia, or Meditations on First Philosophy (1641), "I think therefore I am," philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes also devoted much of his time to the studies of medicine, anatomy and meteorology. Part of his Discourse on the Method for Rightly Conducting One's Reason and Searching for the Truth in the Sciences (1637) became the foundation for analytic geometry. Descartes is also credited with designing a machine to grind hyperbolic lenses, as part of his interest in optics.

Rene Descartes was born in 1596 in La Haye, France. He began his schooling at a Jesuit college before going to Paris to study mathematics and to Poitiers in 1616 to study law. He served in both the Dutch and Bavarian military and settled in Holland in 1629. In 1649, he moved to Stockholm to be a philosophy tutor to Queen Christina of Sweden. He died there in 1650. Because of his general fame and philosophic study of the existence of God, some devout Catholics, thinking he would be canonized a saint, collected relics from his body as it was being transported to France for burial.

(Bowker Author Biography)