Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason
A New York Times Notable BookSixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters. But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.
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America's great battle: Faith vs. ReasonUser Review - Kelly P, Mktg Specialist - Borders
All of our contemporary political thought can be traced in some way back to Descartes. Descartes refused to believe without proof; he wanted a rational, proveable underpinning to all the tenants of ... Read full review
The history of faith versus reasonUser Review - Chris Y., Asst Buyer - Borders
In his latest book, Russell Shorto tackles the struggle between faith and reason by examining the curious fate of the bones of Rene Descartes, one of our greatest philosophers. Most famously known for ... Read full review