Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Reni'A Descartes / Edition 1

Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Reni'A Descartes / Edition 1

by Stephen Voss
     
 


A major contribution to Descartes studies, this book provides a panorama of cutting-edge scholarship ranging widely over Descartes's own primary concerns: metaphysics, physics, and its applications. It is at once a tool for scholars and--steering clear of technical Cartesian science--an accessible resource that will delight nonspecialists. The contributors… See more details below

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A major contribution to Descartes studies, this book provides a panorama of cutting-edge scholarship ranging widely over Descartes's own primary concerns: metaphysics, physics, and its applications. It is at once a tool for scholars and--steering clear of technical Cartesian science--an accessible resource that will delight nonspecialists. The contributors include Edwin Curley, Willis Doney, Alan Gabbey, Daniel Garber, Marjorie Grene, Gary Hatfield, Marleen Rozemond, John Schuster, Dennis Sepper, Stephen Voss, Stephen Wagner, Margaret Welson, Jean Marie Beyssade, Michelle Beyssade, Michel Henry, Evert van Leeuwen, Jean-Luc Marion, Geneviève Rodis-Lewis, and Jean-Pierre Séris. Combining new textual sensitivity with attentiveness to history, they represent the best established scholars and most exciting new voices, including both English speaking and newly-translated writers. Part I examines the foundations of Descartes's philosophy: Cartesian certainty; the phenomenology of the cogito and its modulations in the passions; and the defensibility and comprehensibility of the Cartesian God. The second part examines Descartes's groundbreaking metaphysics: mind's distinctness from and interaction with body; imagination; perception; and language. Part III examines Cartesian science: the revolutionary rhetoric of the Rules and the Discourse; the metaphysical foundations of physics; the interplay of rationalism and empiricism; the mechanics and human biology that flow from Descartes's physics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195075519
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
1Introduction3
ICartesian Philosophy: Its Foundations in the Cogito and Theology
2Certainty: Psychological, Moral, and Metaphysical11
3The Cogito: Privileged Truth or Exemplary Truth?31
4The Soul According to Descartes40
5Generosity and Phenomenology: Remarks on Michel Henry's Interpretation of the Cartesian Cogito52
6Did Caterus Misunderstand Descartes's Ontological Proof?75
7On the Idea of God: Incomprehensibility or Incompatibilities?85
IICartesian Metaphysics: The Mind's Capacities and Relations to the Body
8The Role of the Intellect in Descartes's Case for the Incorporeity of the Mind97
9Mind-Body Interaction in Descartes115
10Simplicity and the Seat of the Soul128
11Ingenium, Memory Art, and the Unity of Imaginative Knowing in the Early Descartes142
12Descartes on the Perception of Primary Qualities162
13Language and Machine in the Philosophy of Descartes177
IIICartesian Science: Its Rhetoric, Principles, and Fruits
14Whatever Should We Do with Cartesian Method? Reclaiming Descartes for the History of Science195
15Method, Discourse, and the Act of Knowing224
16From Metaphysics to Physics242
17Reason, Nature, and God in Descartes259
18Descartes and Experiment in the Discourse and Essays288
19Descartes's Physics and Descartes's Mechanics: Chicken and Egg?311
20The Heart and Blood: Descartes, Plemp, and Harvey324
Index337

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