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A beginner's guide to Descartes's Meditations

Author: Gareth Southwell
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008.
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"A Beginner Guide to Descartes's Meditations offers a concise and readable summary of the Meditations, geared toward students embarking on their studies (at A-level, or on undergraduate degree courses) and general readers. Well illustrated with tables, diagrams, and images, it provides a clear explanation of the seventeenth century text's central themes, ideas, and terminology. The guide balances critical analyses  Read more...
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Southwell, Gareth.
Beginner's guide to Descartes's Meditations.
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008
(OCoLC)608567351
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes; René Descartes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gareth Southwell
ISBN: 9781405158541 1405158549 9781405158558 1405158557
OCLC Number: 141187984
Description: ix, 147 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Background --
Explanation and summary of main arguments --
Meditation I: About the things we may doubt --
Meditation II: Of the nature of the human mind; and that it is easier to know than the body --
Meditation III: Of God; that He exists --
Meditation IV: Of truth and error --
Meditation V: Of the essence of material things; and, Once more of God, that He exists --
Meditation VI: Of the existence of material things, and of the real distinction between the soul and the body of man --
Critical themes --
Objections and replies --
Certainty and doubt --
Dualism --
The existence of God --
Rationalism vs. empiricism --
Foundationalism and the Cartesian circle.
Responsibility: Gareth Southwell.
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