Descartes: The World and Other Writings

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Descartes: The World and Other Writings

By René Descartes

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Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a sceptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, the Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, a physical optics, and a cosmology. The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from the Dioptrics and the Meteors, and an English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> General

Descartes: The World and Other Writings
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 11/26/98
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511035799
ISBN 13: 9780511035791
Print ISBN: 9780521631587

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