Discourse on Method and Related Writings (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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"It is not enough to have a good mind; it is more important to use it well" René Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. Many of Descartes’ most radical ideas—such as the disparity between our perceptions and the realities that cause them—have been highly influential in the development of modern philosophy. This edition sets the Discourse on Method in the wider context of Descartes’ work, with the Rules for Guiding One’s Intelligence in Searching for the Truth (1628), extracts from The World (1633) and selected letters from 1636-9. A companion volume, Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings, is also published in Penguin Classics.
  

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Contents

THE COMPOSITION OF THE DISCOURSE ON METHOD
CARTESIAN SCIENTIFIC METHOD
THE WORLD AND THE PRINCIPLES
THE RULES FOR GUIDING ONES INTELLIGENCE
TEXTS IN THIS EDITION
NOTE ON THE TEXT
NOTE ON THE TEXT
DISCOURSE ON METHOD
THE WORLD
RULES FOR GUIDING ONES INTELLIGENCE
THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY BOETHIUS
ON LIBERTY JOHN STUART MILL
CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON IMMANUEL KANT
BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
A NIETZSCHE READER FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
CITY OF GOD ST AUGUSTINE

SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE 16369

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TOC: Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences; Meditations on the First Philosphy; The Principles of Philosophy; Demonstrations of the Existence of Deity; Notes by the Translator: Perception, Idea, Objective Reality, From or Through the Senses, Thought, Innate Ideas, Formally and Eminently, Pure Intellection, Motion, Second Element.

Desmond Clarke is Professor of Philosophy at University College Cork. He received a DLitt from the National University of Ireland, was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and has been elected to the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author of a number of books on Descartes and the seventeenth century, most recently Descartes' Theory of Mind (2005).

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