Meditations, Objections, and Replies

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This edition features reliable, accessible translations; useful editorial materials; and a straightforward presentation of the Objections and Replies, including the objections from Caterus, Arnauld, and Hobbes, accompanied by Descartes' replies, in their entirety. The letter serving as a reply to Gassendi--in which several of Descartes' associates present Gassendi's best arguments and Descartes' replies--conveys the highlights and important issues of their notoriously extended exchange. Roger Ariew's illuminating Introduction discusses the Meditations and the intellectual environment surrounding its reception.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872207998
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Ariew is Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida.

Donald Cress is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Parkside.

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Table of Contents

Meditations on first philosophy 1
Synopsis of the meditations 6
Meditation one : concerning those things that can be called into doubt 9
Meditation two : concerning the nature of the human mind : that it is better known than the human body 13
Meditation three : concerning God, that he exists 19
Meditation four : concerning the true and the false 29
Meditation five : concerning the essence of material things, and again concerning God, that he exists 35
Meditation six : concerning the existence of material things, and the real distinction between mind and body 40
Objections by some learned men to the preceding meditations, with replies by the author 51
First set of objections 51
Reply by the author to the first set of objections 58
Second set of objections 70
Reply to the second set of objections 75
Third set of objections, by a famous English philosopher, with the author's replies 100
Fourth set of objections : a letter to the distinguished gentleman 115
Reply to the fourth set of objections 130
Announcement by the author regarding the fifth set of objections 154
Letter from Descartes to Clerselier serving as a reply to a selection of the principal counter-objections made by Gassendi against the preceding replies 155
Sixth set of objections 162
Reply to the sixth set of objections 167
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