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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    Program for Modern Philosophy

    Along with Bacon's 'Novum Organum,' Descartes's 'Discourse' marks philosophy's transition from the pursuit of virtue to the mastery of nature--a transition which led to the birth of modern science, and to philosophy's futile entanglement with the self/world dichotomy. The nearly immediate decline this spelled for philosophy can be seen by the transition from the grand tones of the 'Discourse' to the epistemological dead end of the 'Meditations.' Since later philosophy follows the path of the latter work, it's important to read the 'Discourse' to grasp what Descartes wanted to achieve.

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