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This edition contains Donald Cress's completely revised translation of the Meditations (from the corrected Latin edition) and recent corrections to Discourse on Method, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining the clear and accessible style of a classic teaching edition.

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The new version of Cress's translation of Descartes's Meditations has attained an unusually high degree of readability . . . and, at the same time, of fidelity to the original. This combination . . . makes the work especially suitable for classroom use. --Roger Ariew, University of South Florida, and Marjorie Grene (1910-2009), Virginia Polytechnic Institute

An excellent edition and the price is fair. --Alan Soble, University of New Orleans

Contains English translations of Descartes' 1637 treatise and a subsequent development of the ideas contained in it, , first published in 1641. Includes a selected bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204201
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 86,731
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald A. Cress is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of ?Wisconsin, Parkside. His translations of Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy and Discourse on Method are also published by Hackett.
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Table of Contents

1 Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking for Truth in the Sciences 3
2 Meditations on First Philosophy 49
Essay 1 Introduction 111
Essay 2 Descartes in His Time 121
Essay 3 Metaphysics 147
Essay 4 Epistemology 236
Essay 5 Physics and Mathematics 272
Essay 6 Political Theory and Ethics 306
Essay 7 Psychoanalysis 330
Essay 8 Literature and the Arts 349
Essay 9 Descartes in Our Time 371
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2008

    Discourse on Method & Meditations

    This was a very interesting book. I would have to say that this book is more prone to captivate an audience composed mostly of philosophers and philosophy students. I must say that the volume was very lucid and comprehensive, it was a read that did not take longer than three days to complete. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy, interested in the realm of inquiry, interested in philosophy, and interested in improving their reasoning skills, which is demonstrated in "Discourse on Method. Overall, I rate this book highly because of how he organized the book and the information in it can be used for future generations of students and scholars.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    review on Descarte

    The book can be complex and contradicting but also has a lot of value in the realm of Philosophy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    A good study

    Decartes meditations were not at all for shame or useless. He tries to imagine for himself if the belief in God is natural or unnatural. Besides this, he applies his theory of extenstion (by way of using a candle and wax as an example) which proves to be an interesting argument.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    A thought-provoking book

    Another one of the books that I read to get my BA in Philosophy at UCLA. I give Descartes five stars for his historical importance, but honestly I've always felt he was one of the least interesting of the famous thinkers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    mediocre translation

    This book, if any, ought to be accessible to just about anybody. In the case of the Discourse, that was precisely the author's intent. Yet somehow Cress manages to make Descartes rather awkward and obscure, which is unfortunate considering the popularity of this edition in introductory courses. Buy Cottingham's translations instead.

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