Descartes

Descartes

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by Tom Sorell
     
 

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. See more details below

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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

Acknowledgements
Series Preface
Introduction
Pt. IMethod
1Mathematical Demonstration and Deduction in Descartes's Early Methodological and Scientific Writings3
2Descartes: Methodological Ideal and Actual Procedure25
3Descartes, the Aristotelians, and the Revolution that Did Not Happen in 163739
Pt. IIMetaphysics and Cartesian Metaphysics
4On Descartes' Constitution of Metaphysics57
5The Crisis of the Cogito71
Pt. IIIMeditation and Doubt
6Descartes's Meditations as Cognitive Exercises83
7What is Cartesian Doubt?101
8Scientific and Practical Certainty in Descartes131
Pt. IVThe Cogito
9Cogito Ergo Sum151
10Cogito Ergo Quis Est?159
Pt. VIdeas, Truth, Judgement
11How Can What I Perceive Be True?179
12Descartes on the Material Falsity of ideas189
13Judgment and Understanding in Descartes's philosophy215
14Descartes's Theory of Judgment227
Pt. VIGod
15The Problem of the Third Meditation239
16Descartes on the Creation of the Eternal Truths263
17How God Causes Motion: Descartes, Divine sustenance and Occasionalism293
Pt. VIIMind and Body
18Descartes and the Action of Body on Mind309
19Descartes on the Origin of Sensation323
20Understanding Interaction: What Descartes should have Told Elisabeth355
21Descartes on Mind-Body Interaction and the Conservation of Motion373
Pt. VIIIMatter and Motion
22Perfect Solidity: Natural Laws and the Problem of matter in Descartes' Universe403
23Against Emptiness: Descartes's Physics Metaphysics of Plenitude421
24Descartes and the Nature of Body437
Pt. IXEthics and Anthropology
25The Insufficiency of Descartes' Provisional Morality455
26Cartesian Ethics: Reason and the Passions475
27Life, Science, and Wisdom According to Descartes499
Name Index521

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