Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings

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November 1998



The six Meditations and accompanying selections from the Objections and Replies provide a definitive statement of what Descartes intended as the foundations of his whole philosophy. His project was to resolve the epistemological questions brought about by the prevailing skepticism of his age; to build, from the basis of self-awareness (Cogito, ergo sum), through the notion of a benevolent God, to a systematic and novel approach to metaphysics; and to construct a secure starting-point for science.The first part of a new two-volume edition of Descartes in Penguin Classics, this volume consists not only of a new translation of the original Latin text and extensive selections from the Objections and Replies, but also relevant correspondence from the period 1643-49, Part One of The Principles of Philosophy, and Comments on a Certain Manifesto, as examples of Descartes' other metaphysical writings from the period 1641-49.


Rene Descartes (1596-1650), French philosopher and mathematician, is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. Desmond Clarke is professor of philosophy at Unviersity College, Cork.
EAN: 9780140447019
ISBN: 0140447016
Untertitel: notes, index. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1998
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Desmond M. Clarke
Format: kartoniert
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