Meditations on First Philosophy

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Considered a foundational text in modern philosophy, the Meditations on First Philosophy presents numerous powerful arguments that to this day influence debates in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. This new translation incorporates revisions from the second Latin edition (1642) and the later French translation (1647) to make Descartes' reasoning as lucid and engaging as possible. Also included in this edition is a brief introduction to Descartes and the Meditations, revised and...

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Overview

Considered a foundational text in modern philosophy, the Meditations on First Philosophy presents numerous powerful arguments that to this day influence debates in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. This new translation incorporates revisions from the second Latin edition (1642) and the later French translation (1647) to make Descartes' reasoning as lucid and engaging as possible. Also included in this edition is a brief introduction to Descartes and the Meditations, revised and expanded from Andrew Bailey's acclaimed anthology, First Philosophy. The introduction helps the reader to understand the context and purpose of Descartes' project without over-explaining his arguments.

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Editorial Reviews

Kurt Smith
"Broadview Press has produced an excellent translation of Descartes's famous Meditations on First Philosophy. It is accurate, philosophically sensitive, and it rivals any of the translations currently available. Andrew Bailey's introduction of the text, and his biography of Descartes, is a real plus, and will serve students well."
David Cunning
"A very helpful translation. The language is clear, and the supplementary material and notes lay out a cross-section of the interpretive debates, and provide tips for how a reader might approach them."
Seth Bordner
"Descartes was living and writing at a tumultuous time, and Bailey does a nice job of sketching the intellectual environment into which the Meditations was launched, while pre-emptively warding off a number of common misunderstandings of Descartes's aims."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554811526
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 654,813
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Bailey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. Ian Johnston is an Honorary Research Associate at Vancouver Island University and has translated several works from Greek, French, German, and Latin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Andrew Bailey
Dedication to the Sorbonne
Preface to the Reader
Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations:
First Meditation: Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt
Second Meditation: Concerning the Nature of the Human Mind and the Fact That It Is Easier to Know Than the Body
Third Meditation: Concerning God and the Fact That He Exists
Fourth Meditation: Concerning Truth and Falsity
Fifth Meditation: Concerning the Essence of Material Things, and, Once Again, Concerning the Fact That God Exists
Sixth Meditation: Concerning the Existence of Material Things and the Real Distinction between Mind and Body

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