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Clarke, Desmond M.

Works: 48 works in 241 publications in 3 languages and 6,911 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: B1848.E5, 194
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Most widely held works by Desmond M Clarke
Descartes' philosophy of science by Desmond M Clarke( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descartes : a biography by Desmond M Clarke( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rene Descartes is best remembered today for writing "I think, therefore I am," but his main contribution to the history of ideas was his effort to construct a philosophy that would be sympathetic to the new sciences that emerged in the seventeenth century. To a great extent he was the midwife to the Scientific Revolution and a significant contributor to its key concepts. In four major publications, he fashioned a philosophical system that accommodated the needs of these new sciences and thereby earned the unrelenting hostility of both Catholic and Calvinist theologians, who relied on the scholastic philosophy that Descartes hoped to replace. His contemporaries claimed that his proofs of God's existence, in the Meditations, were so unsuccessful that he must have been a cryptic atheist, and that his discussion of scepticism served mainly to fan the flames of libertinism
Descartes's theory of mind by Desmond M Clarke( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descartes's theory of mind has been almost universally misunderstood, because his philosophy has not been seen in the context of his scientific work. Desmond Clarke offers a radical rereading, undoing the received perception of Descartes as the chief defender of mind/body dualism
The equality of the sexes : three feminist texts of the seventeenth century by François Poulain de La Barre( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Desmond M. Clarke presents new translations of three of the first feminist tracts to support explicitly the equality of the sexes. The alleged inferiority of women's nature and the corresponding roles that women were (in)capable of exercising in society was debated in Western culture from the civilization of ancient Greece to the establishment of early Christian churches. There had also been some proponents of women's superiority (in comparison with men) prior to the early modern period. In contrast with both of these claims, the seventeenth century witnessed the first publications that argued for the equality of men and women."--Publisher website
Discourse on method, and Meditations by René Descartes( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rene Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. Many of Descartes' most radical ideas such as the disparity between our perceptions and the realities that cause them have been highly influential in the development of modern philosophy. from (August 22, 2011)
The Oxford handbook of philosophy in early modern Europe( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A team of leading scholars survey the development of philosophy in the period of extraordinary intellectual change from the mid-16th century to the early 18th century. They cover metaphysics and natural philosophy; the mind, the passions, and aesthetics; epistemology, logic, mathematics, and language; ethics and political philosophy; and religion
Occult powers and hypotheses : Cartesian natural philosophy under Louis XIV by Desmond M Clarke( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rights of nations : nations and nationalism in a changing world( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meditations and other metaphysical writings by René Descartes( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keuze uit de metafysische geschriften van de Franse filosoof (1596-1650)
Philosophical writings by George Berkeley( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"George Berkeley (1685-1753) was a university teacher, a missionary and, later, a Church of Ireland bishop. This edition offers texts from the full range of Berkeley's contributions to philosophy, together with an introduction by Desmond M. Clarke that sets them in their historical and philosophical contexts."--Jacket
Treatise on the human mind (1664) by Louis de La Forge( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first translation into English of the seminal work by one of the earliest exponents of Cartesianism in France and a leading contributor to the theory of causality which came to be known as occasionalism. La Forge also provides a sophisticated version of Cartesian mind-body dualism. This edition, which includes an introductory essay on La Forge's philosophy and comprehensive editorial notes, provides an ideal introduction for students of early modern philosophy to many of the issues which were subsequently developed by Malebranche and expressed in their definitive form in David Hume's analysis of causal relations. This text complements recent new translations into English of Malebranche's works and is suitable for graduate courses and upper-level courses in early modern philosophy
Church and state : essays in political philosophy by Desmond M Clarke( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French philosophy, 1572-1675 by Desmond M Clarke( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Desmond M. Clarke presents a thematic history of French philosophy from the middle of the sixteenth century to the beginning of Louis XIV's reign. While the traditional philosophy of the schools was taught throughout this period by authors who have faded into permanent obscurity, a whole generation of writers who were not professional philosophers--some of whom never even attended a school or college--addressed issues that were prominent in French public life. Clarke explores such topics as the novel political theory espoused by monarchomachs, such as Bèze and Hotman, against Bodin's account of absolute sovereignty; the scepticism of Montaigne, Charron, and Sanches; the ethical discussions of Du Vair, Gassendi, and Pascal; innovations in natural philosophy that were inspired by Mersenne and Descartes and implemented by members of the Académie royale des sciences; theories of the human mind from Jean de Silhon to Cureau de la Chambre and Descartes; and the novel arguments in support of women's education and equality that were launched by De Gournay, Du Bosc, Van Schurman, and Poulain de la Barre. The writers involved were lawyers, political leaders, theologians, and independent scholars and they acknowledged, almost unanimously, the authority of the Bible as a source of knowledge that was claimed to be more reliable than the fragile powers of human understanding. Since they could not agree, however, on which books of the Bible were canonical or how they should be understood, their discussions raised questions about faith and reason that mirrored those involved in the infamous Galileo affair." -- Publisher's description
Morality and the law( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meditations on first philosophy : with selections from the Objections and Replies by René Descartes( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The translation of the Meditations is taken from three sources: the second Latin edition of 1642, which was the first one printed from Descartes' own manuscript and under his own supervision, the first French translation of 1646 by Duc de Luynes, but read and approved by Descartes, and the second French translation by Clerselier. An attempt has been made in this translation to integrate these three versions into one complete and accurate edition by the use of brackets and parentheses. The reader may, by omitting the parentheses and brackets, have a translation which contains all ideas in the three versions. By omitting bracketed material, he will have a translation essentially that of the original Latin, and by omitting material in parentheses, that of the First French edition
Treatise on tolerance by Voltaire( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On March 10, 1762, Jean Calas, a Protestant merchant, was publicly executed in Toulouse, France. This punishment had been prescribed by the regional parliament, with hopes that Calas would confess to murdering his adult son in order to prevent his conversion to Catholicism. Steadfastly declaring his innocence, the elderly Huguenot expired after hours of suffering, his limbs broken one by one before the executioner strangled him and burned his corpse. These were the events that inspired Voltaire's Treatise on Tolerance. Even today the Treatise on Tolerance stands as one of the most important milestones in the acceptance of religious tolerance in the Western world
Nietzsche : beyond good and evil by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( )

3 editions published in 2001 in English, Middle and English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most scathing and powerful critiques of philosophy, religion, science, politics and ethics ever written. This edition offers a new and readable translation by Judith Norman, together with an introduction by Rolf-Peter Horstmann that sets it in its historical and philosophical context
Shaftesbury : characteristics of men, manners, opinions, times by Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This important Enlightenment text ranges widely over ethics, aesthetics, religion, the arts, and ancient and modern history, and aims at nothing less than a new ideal of the gentleman. This volume presents a new edition of the text together with an introduction, explanatory notes and a guide to further reading
Margaret Cavendish : Observations upon Experimental Philosophy by Margaret Cavendish Newcastle( )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Margaret Cavendish's 1668 edition of Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, presented here in its first modern edition, holds a unique position in early modern philosophy. Cavendish rejects the Aristotelianism which was taught in the universities in the seventeenth century, and the picture of nature as a grand machine which was propounded by Hobbes, Descartes and members of the Royal Society of London, such as Boyle. She also rejects the views of nature which make reference to immaterial spirits. Instead she develops an original system of organicist materialism, and draws on the doctrines of ancient Stoicism to attack the tenets of seventeenth-century mechanical philosophy. Her treatise is a document of major importance in the history of women's contributions to philosophy and science
Adam Smith : the Theory of Moral Sentiments. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy by Adam Smith( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) lays the foundation for a general system of morals, and is a text of central importance in the history of moral and political thought. It presents a theory of the imagination which Smith derived from David Hume but which encompasses an idea of sympathy that in some ways is more sophisticated than anything in Hume's philosophy. By means of sympathy and the mental construct of an impartial spectator, Smith formulated highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment and the virtues. The enduring legacy of his work is its reconstruction of the Enlightenment idea of a moral, or social, science encompassing both political economy and the theory of law and government. This volume offers a new edition of the text with clear and helpful notes for the student reader, together with a substantial introduction that sets the work in its philosophical and historical context
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Alternative Names
Clarke, D. M.‏ 1942-2016

Clarke, Des 1942-2016

Clarke, Desmond‏ 1942-2016

Clarke, Desmond M.

Desmond Clarke filósofo irlandés

Desmond Clarke filosoof uit Ierland

Desmond Clarke Irish philosopher

Desmond M. Clarke

Descartes's theory of mindDiscourse on method, and MeditationsThe Oxford handbook of philosophy in early modern EuropeThe rights of nations : nations and nationalism in a changing worldMeditations and other metaphysical writingsPhilosophical writingsTreatise on the human mind (1664)Church and state : essays in political philosophy