9780521288088

The Philosophical Writings of Descartes

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521288088

  • ISBN10:

    0521288088

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/30/1985
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

These two volumes provide a completely new translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. They are intended to replace the only reasonably comprehensive selection of his works in English, by Haldane and Ross, first published in 1911. All the works included in that edition are translated here, together with a number of additional texts crucial for an understanding of Cartesian philosophy, including important material from Descartes' scientific writings. The result should meet the widespread demand for an accurate and authoritative edition of Descartes' philosophical writings in clear and readable modern English.

Table of Contents

General Introduction vii
Chronological table of Descartes' life and works x
Meditations on First Philosophy
Translator's preface
1(2)
Dedicatory letter to the Sorbonne
3(3)
Preface to the reader
6(3)
Synopsis of following six Meditations
9(3)
First Meditation: What can be called into doubt
12(4)
Second Meditation: The nature of the human mind, and how it is better known than the body
16(8)
Third Meditation: The existence of God
24(13)
Fourth Meditation: Truth and falsity
37(7)
Fifth Meditation: The essence of material things, and the existence of God considered a second time
44(6)
Sixth Meditation: The existence of material things, and the real distinction between mind and body
50(16)
Objections and Replies
Translator's preface
63(3)
First Set of Objections
66(8)
Author's Replies to the First Set of Objections
74(13)
Second Set of Objections
87(6)
Author's Replies to the Second Set of Objections
93(28)
Third Set of Objections with the Author's Replies
121(17)
Fourth Set of Objections
138(16)
Author's Replies to the Fourth Set of Objections
154(25)
Fifth Set of Objections
179(62)
Author's Replies to the Fifth Set of Objections
241(37)
Appendix to the Fifth Set of Objections and Replies
268(10)
Sixth Set of Objections
278(7)
Author's Replies to the Sixth Set of Objections
285(17)
Seventh Set of Objections with the Author's Replies
302(82)
Letter to Father Dinet
384(16)
The Search for Truth
Translators' preface
399(1)
The Search for Truth by means of the Natural Light
400(21)
Index 421

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