Descartes' Meditations: Background Source Materials
Roger Ariew, John Cottingham, Tom Sorell
Cambridge University Press, Jul 28, 1998 - History - 270 pages
No single text has more importance for the history of philosophy than Descartes' Meditations. This unique collection of background material has been translated from the original French and Latin. The texts gathered here illustrate the kinds of principles, assumptions, and philosophical methods that were commonplace when Descartes was developing his ideas.
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