Descartes & Poinsot: The Crossroad of Signs and Ideas

Descartes & Poinsot: The Crossroad of Signs and Ideas

by John Deely
     
 

René Descartes (1596–1650) and John Poinsot (1589–1644) were contemporaries who stood, unbeknownst to them, at a crossroads in the history of philosophy. While Poinsot’s work on semiotics became unfashionable after his death, Descartes’ theory of ideas carried modern philosophy down a different path that proved to be a dead end. In

Overview

René Descartes (1596–1650) and John Poinsot (1589–1644) were contemporaries who stood, unbeknownst to them, at a crossroads in the history of philosophy. While Poinsot’s work on semiotics became unfashionable after his death, Descartes’ theory of ideas carried modern philosophy down a different path that proved to be a dead end. In Descartes & Poinsot, John Deely contends that semiotics can lead us beyond the rationalist trap of modernity. This innovative volume reveals that Poinsot’s forgotten philosophies provide the missing link between the ancients and the postmodern.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589661745
Publisher:
University of Scranton Press
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

John Deely holds the Rudman Chair in Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. He is the author of Intentionality and Semiotics, also published by the University of Scranton Press.
 
 

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