By Stephen Gaukroger
In his quest to retrace Descartes's improvement as a scientist and thinker, Gaukroger leaves no stone unturned. From the good man's first booklet on tune concept (Compendium Musicae) to his masterworks Discours, Essais, Meditationes, and Principia, from his examine of arithmetic whereas attending a Jesuit university at age ten, via his demise days within the provider of Christina, Queen of Sweden, Descartes brims with penetrating and infrequently striking insights into the philosopher's lifestyles and paintings. we find, for instance, that he wasn't as interested by constructing an all-encompassing conception of data as he was once with developing a usual philosophy that supported the lessons of Copernicus, a guy whose paintings he deeply popular. We additionally examine that Descartes used to be prepared to change his publicly acknowledged perspectives to deal with church doctrine--especially after witnessing Galileo's condemnation in 1633. We discover how his own triumphs and failures--from his rumored apprehensive breakdown in 1614, to his pleasure on the well known reception of Discours and Essais, to his protracted and extremely public dispute with the implacable professor Voetius--affected his highbrow improvement. alongside the way in which, Gaukroger information how Descartes's theories of metaphysics, mechanics, cognition, and cosmology were either championed and distorted via philosophers of all stripes for over 300 years. full of useful diagrams and in-depth interpretations of Descartes's such a lot celebrated works, the ebook additionally encompasses a helpful chronology that highlights his very important accomplishments and private milestones.
Descartes is an exhaustively specific, magisterial examine the superb highbrow achievements of the daddy of contemporary philosophy. wonderfully written by way of a well known authority at the topic, it is going to function the definitive consultant to Descartes's strategies, works, and existence for years to come.
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