Essays on the Philosophy and Science of Rene Descartes (Google eBook)

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Department of Philosophy Bogazici University Stephen Voss Professor
Oxford University Press, Dec 11, 1992 - Science - 368 pages
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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, Genevieve Rodis-Lewis, and Jean-Pierre Seris. 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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Contents

Introduction
3
Its Foundations in the Cogito
9
Privileged Truth or Exemplary Truth?
31
The Soul According to Descartes
40
Michel Henry
52
Incomprehensibility
85
The Minds Capacities
95
Simplicity and the Seat of the Soul
128
Language and Machine in the Philosophy of Descartes
177
Its Rhetoric Principles and Fruits
193
Method Discourse and the Act of Knowing
224
From Metaphysics to Physics
242
Reason Nature and God in Descartes
259
Descartes and Experiment in the Discourse and Essays
288
Descartes Plemp
324
Index
337

Ingenium Memory Art and the Unity of Imaginative
142
Descartes on the Perception of Primary Qualities
162

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