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Discourse on Method and Related Writings [NOOK Book]

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This is the second of a new two-volume edition of the works of Descartes in Penguin Classics. This volume is designed for students who approach Descartes from the point of view of his philosophy of science. Includes DISCOURSE ON METHOD, the most accessible and well-known of his discussions of scientific method; the first seven chapters of the earlier, unpublished work, THE WORLD; as well as a selection of Descartes' correspondence and his replies to his critics.
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Discourse on Method and Related Writings

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Overview

This is the second of a new two-volume edition of the works of Descartes in Penguin Classics. This volume is designed for students who approach Descartes from the point of view of his philosophy of science. Includes DISCOURSE ON METHOD, the most accessible and well-known of his discussions of scientific method; the first seven chapters of the earlier, unpublished work, THE WORLD; as well as a selection of Descartes' correspondence and his replies to his critics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141906287
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/2/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 912,654
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the French philosopher and mathematician, is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. Desmond C. Clarke is Professor of Philosophy at University College, Cork. He has published widely on Descartes and French seventeenth-century Cartesian philosophers.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Note on References to Descartes ix
Introduction xi
Further Reading xxxv
Discourse on the Metbod for Guiding One's Reason and Searching for Truth in the Sciences 1
Selected Correspondence, 1636-9 55
The World, or a Treatise on Light Chapters 1-7 81
Rules for Guiding One's Intelligence in Searching for the Truth 113
Text Notes 195
Index 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Inspiring

    Discourse on Method is an inspiring read. 'I think therefore, I am' and 'Doubt everything' are essential statements that every human being should spend time comprehending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    Program for Modern Philosophy

    Along with Bacon's 'Novum Organum,' Descartes's 'Discourse' marks philosophy's transition from the pursuit of virtue to the mastery of nature--a transition which led to the birth of modern science, and to philosophy's futile entanglement with the self/world dichotomy. The nearly immediate decline this spelled for philosophy can be seen by the transition from the grand tones of the 'Discourse' to the epistemological dead end of the 'Meditations.' Since later philosophy follows the path of the latter work, it's important to read the 'Discourse' to grasp what Descartes wanted to achieve.

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