Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings

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Penguin, Sep 1, 1999 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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One of the foundation-stones of modern philosophy

Descartes was prepared to go to any lengths in his search for certainty—even to deny those things that seemed most self-evident. In his Meditations of 1641, and in the Objections and Replies that were included with the original publication, he set out to dismantle and then reconstruct the idea of the individual self and its existence. In doing so, Descartes developed a language of subjectivity that has lasted to this day, and he also took his first steps towards the view that would eventually be expressed in the epigram Cogito, ergo sum ("I think, therefore I am"), one of modern philosophy's most famous—and most fiercely contested—claims. The first part of a two-volume edition of Descartes' works in Penguin Classics, the second of which is Discourse on Method & Related Writings.

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User Review  - Ghost_Boy - LibraryThing

Starting this review by saying that I'd like to think René Descartes was a genius. As much as I love his philosophy, there are times I didn't fully agree with him. At one point he starts talking about ... Read full review

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User Review  - rincewind1986 - LibraryThing

Seminal philosophical text, personally dont agree with a single word of it but that is neither here nor there. Descartes begins by dismantling the universe and denying the existance of everything except his own self, A nice philosophy if for nothing else than 'i think therefore i am' Read full review

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Letter of Dedication to the Sorbonne
Preface to the Reader
Summary of the Following Six Meditations
Objections and Replies Selections
The Principles of Philosophy
Letter to Princess Elizabeth
The Principles of Human Knowledge
Selections 16439
Comments on a Certain Manifesto

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About the author (1999)

Rene Descartes (1596-1650), French philosopher and mathematician, is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy.

Desmond Clarke is professor of philosophy at University College, Cork.

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