The Blackwell Guide to Descartes' Meditations / Edition 1

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Consisting of twelve newly commissioned essays and enhanced by William Molyneux’s famous early translation of the Meditations, this volume touches on all the major themes of one of the most influential texts in the history of philosophy.

  • Situates the Meditations in its philosophical and historical context.
  • Touches on all of the major themes of the Meditations, including the mind-body relation, the nature of the mind, and the existence of the material world.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Acute yet bereft of jargon, scholarly yet footnote-free, imaginative yet keenly focused – Descartes could not have dreamt of a more attractive Guide.” André Gombay, University of Toronto

“Stephen Gaukroger has assembled a splendid collection of essays written by some of the best scholars in the field. It helps the reader navigate from Descartes’ predecessors, through the Meditations, and on to the later reception of this seminal text. As an extra bonus the volume includes an important seventeenth-century English translation of Descartes’ text. This volume will be used with profit by students of Descartes at every level.” Daniel Garber, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405118743
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Guides to Great Works Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Gaukroger is Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Sydney, and presently holds an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship. His works include Descartes: An Intellectual Biography (1995), Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-modern Philosophy (2001), and Descartes’ System of Natural Philosophy (2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The meditations and the objections and replies 6
2 Descartes and skepticism 17
3 The Cogito and the foundations of knowledge 30
4 The nature of the mind 48
5 The doctrine of substance 67
6 The doctrine of ideas 86
7 Proofs for the existence of God 104
8 The cartesian circle 122
9 Judgment and will 142
10 Descartes' proof of the existence of matter 160
11 The mind-body relation 179
12 Seventeenth-century responses to the meditations 193
App Descartes' six metaphysical meditations, trans 204
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