Meditations on First Philosophy : With Selections from the Objections and Replies

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  • Copyright: 7/6/2008
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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'It is some years now since I realized how many false opinions I had accepted as true from childhood onwards...I saw that at some stage in my life the whole structure would have to be utterly demolished'In Descartes's Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, the thinker rejects all his former beliefs in the quest for new certainties. Discovering his own existence as a thinking entity in the very exercise of doubt, he goes on to prove the existence of God, who guarantees his clearand distinct ideas as a means of access to the truth. He develops new conceptions of body and mind, capable of serving as foundations for the new science of nature. Subsequent philosophy has grappled with Descartes's legacy, questioning many of its conclusions and even his basic approach, but hisarguments set the agenda for many of the greatest philosophical thinkers, and their fascination endures.This new translation includes the Third and Fourth Objections and Replies in full, and a selection from the rest of these exchanges with Descartes's contemporaries that helped to expound his philosophy.

Author Biography

Michael Moriarty is Centenary Professor of French Literature and Thought, Queen Mary, University of London.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Note on the Text and Translation
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Rene Descartes
Meditations On First Philosophyp. 1
Letter of Dedicationp. 3
Preface to the Readerp. 7
Synopsis of the following Six Meditationsp. 10
First Meditationp. 13
Second Meditationp. 17
Third Meditationp. 25
Fourth Meditationp. 38
Fifth Meditationp. 45
Sixth Meditationp. 51
The Objections and Repliesp. 65
Introductionp. 67
First Objections and Repliesp. 74
Second Objections and Repliesp. 85
Third Objectionsp. 107
Fourth Objections and Repliesp. 125
Fifth Objections and Repliesp. 166
Sixth Objections and Repliesp. 199
Seventh Objectionsp. 214
Explanatory Notesp. 232
Indexp. 273
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