Descartes' Metaphysical Physics / Edition 2

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this is the first book ever to examine Descartes' physics and his philosophy not as separate enterprises but as what they were- a systematic attempt to deal with all knowledge.
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Primarily concerned with Descartes' accounts of matter and motion, seen as the joint between his philosophical and scientific pursuits--a distinction he did not make in the early 17th century. Shows how his doctrines on God, the soul, and the body produced theories of atoms, vacua, and the laws governing matter in motion. Requires no background in either science or philosophy. Paper edition (28219-8), $23. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Daniel Garber is professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 Descartes' Vocation 5
2 Descarte's Project 30
3 Body: Its Existence and Nature 63
4 Descartes Against His Teachers: The Refutation of Hylomorphism 94
5 Descartes Against the Atomists: Indivisibility, Space, and Void 117
6 Motion 156
7 Motion and Its Laws: Part 1, Preliminaries and the Laws of Persistence 197
8 Motion and its Laws: Part 2, The Law of Impact 231
Appendix 255
God and the Grounds of the Laws of Motion: Immutability, Force, and Finite Causes 263
Afterword 307
Notes 309
Bibliography 369
Index 383
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