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Discourse on Method and Related Writings
     

Discourse on Method and Related Writings

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by Rene Descartes
 

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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the most accessible and well-known of his discussions of scientific method; the first seven chapters of the earlier, unpublished work

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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the most accessible and well-known of his discussions of scientific method; the first seven chapters of the earlier, unpublished work, THE WORLD; as well as a selection of Descartes' correspondence and his replies to his critics.

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ISBN-13:
9780141906287
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
09/02/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,185,833
File size:
2 MB

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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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Discourse on Method and Related Writings 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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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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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.