Descartes

Descartes

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by Tom Sorell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1840140682

ISBN-13: 9781840140682

Pub. Date: 11/01/1999

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

In this book Tom Sorell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences.

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In this book Tom Sorell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840140682
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Series:
Past Masters Series
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
9.61(w) x 6.65(h) x 1.77(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Series Prefacexi
Introductionxiii
Part IMethod
1'Mathematical Demonstration and Deduction in Descartes's Early Methodological and Scientific Writings', Journal of the History of Philosophy, 31, pp. 223-44. (1993)3
2'Descartes: Methodological Ideal and Actual Procedure', Philosophia Naturalis, 21, pp. 577-89. (1984)25
3'Descartes, the Aristotelians, and the Revolution that Did Not Happen in 1637', The Monist, 71, pp. 471-86. (1988)39
Part IIMetaphysics and Cartesian Metaphysics
4'On Descartes' Constitution of Metaphysics', Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 11, pp. 21-33. (1986)57
5'The Crisis of the Cogito', Synthese, 106, pp. 57-66. (1996)71
Part IIIMeditation and Doubt
6'Descartes's Meditations as Cognitive Exercises', Philosophy and Literature, 19, pp. 41-58. (1985)83
7'What is Cartesian Doubt?', American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 67, pp. 467-95. (1993)101
8'Scientific and Practical Certainty in Descartes', American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 67, pp. 569-85. (1993)131
Part IVThe Cogito
9'Cogito Ergo Sum', Journal of Philosophy, 90, pp. 462-68. (1993)151
10'Cogito, Ergo Quis Est?', Revue Internationale de Philosphie, 50, pp. 5-21. (1996)159
Part VIdeas, Truth, Judgement
11'How Can What I Perceive Be True?', History of Philosophy Quarterly, 12, pp. 185-94. (1995)179
12'Descartes on the Material Falsity of Ideas', Philosophical Review, 102, pp. 309-33. (1993)189
13'Judgment and Understanding in Descartes's Philosophy', Southern Journal of Philosophy, 21, pp. 89-99. (1983)215
14'Descartes's Theory of Judgment', Southern Journal of Philosophy, 21, pp. 101-10. (1983)227
Part VIGod
15'The Problem of the Third Meditation', American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 67, pp. 537-59. (1993)239
16'Descartes on the Creation of the Eternal Truths', Philosophical Review, 93, pp. 569-97. (1984)263
17'How God Causes Motion: Descartes, Divine Sustenance, and Occasionalism', Journal of Philosophy, 84, pp. 567-80. (1987)293
Part VIIMind and Body
18'Descartes and the Action of Body on Mind', Studia Leibnitiana, 19, pp. 41-53. (1987)309
19'Descartes on the Origin of Sensation', Philosophical Topics, 19, pp. 293-323. (1991)323
20'Understanding Interaction: What Descartes Should Have Told Elisabeth', Southern Journal of Philosophy, 21, pp. 15-32. (1983)355
21'Descartes on Mind-Body Interaction and the Conservation of Motion', Philosophical Review, 102, pp. 155-82. (1993)373
Part VIIIMatter and Motion
22'Perfect Solidity: Natural Laws and the Problem of Matter in Descartes' Universe', History of Philosophy Quarterly, 13, pp. 187-204. (1996)403
23'Against Emptiness: Descartes's Physics and Metaphysics of Plenitude', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 25, pp. 81-96. (1994)421
24'Descartes and the Nature of Body', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2, pp. 19-33. (1994)437
Part IXEthics and Anthropology
25'The Insufficiency of Descartes' Provisional Morality', International Philosophical Quarterly, 31, pp. 275-93. (1991)455
26'Cartesian Ethics: Reason and the Passions', Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 50, pp. 193-216. (1996)475
27'Life, Science, and Wisdom According to Descartes', History of Philosophy Quarterly, 12, pp. 133-53. (1995)499
Name Index521

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Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Descartes is one of the most influential Western philosophers, and this book is a useful first introduction to his life and ideas. The strength of the book is in positioning Descartes' writing primarily within the political and ideological currents of his time, and showing how exactly he's been forced to edit and finesse his writings in order to please the censorship and his critics. This helps explain why some of his works were not as straightforwardly written as one might have liked. The other reason has probably to do with the sheer ambition of Descartes' chief enterprise, to discover one sure method of arriving at explanations and solutions of the most pressing scientific and philosophical problems of the time. The enormity of this scope meant that some of these methods would necessarily be to vague to be of any practical use in mathematics or physics, and within a generation after Descartes' death Newtonian gravitation completely prevailed. However, in the realm of philosophy, Descarts' thought managed to be of interest until the present day. This book is very well written, and if you are interested in finding out more about Descartes, it would be a worthwhile first read.