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

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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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"[T]he superlative quality of the essays examined in this review represents the promise of those that are not mentioned. Suffice it to say that in this volume Stephen Voss has succeeded in presenting the intellectual community with a wealth of perspectives from which Cartesian scholarship can be fruitfully approached."--Philosophical Reviews

"Contains many important essays. A very useful tool."--Alan Nelson, University of California, Irvine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195075519
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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Bogazici University
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction 3
I Cartesian Philosophy: Its Foundations in the Cogito and Theology
2 Certainty: Psychological, Moral, and Metaphysical 11
3 The Cogito: Privileged Truth or Exemplary Truth? 31
4 The Soul According to Descartes 40
5 Generosity and Phenomenology: Remarks on Michel Henry's Interpretation of the Cartesian Cogito 52
6 Did Caterus Misunderstand Descartes's Ontological Proof? 75
7 On the Idea of God: Incomprehensibility or Incompatibilities? 85
II Cartesian Metaphysics: The Mind's Capacities and Relations to the Body
8 The Role of the Intellect in Descartes's Case for the Incorporeity of the Mind 97
9 Mind-Body Interaction in Descartes 115
10 Simplicity and the Seat of the Soul 128
11 Ingenium, Memory Art, and the Unity of Imaginative Knowing in the Early Descartes 142
12 Descartes on the Perception of Primary Qualities 162
13 Language and Machine in the Philosophy of Descartes 177
III Cartesian Science: Its Rhetoric, Principles, and Fruits
14 Whatever Should We Do with Cartesian Method? Reclaiming Descartes for the History of Science 195
15 Method, Discourse, and the Act of Knowing 224
16 From Metaphysics to Physics 242
17 Reason, Nature, and God in Descartes 259
18 Descartes and Experiment in the Discourse and Essays 288
19 Descartes's Physics and Descartes's Mechanics: Chicken and Egg? 311
20 The Heart and Blood: Descartes, Plemp, and Harvey 324
Index 337
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