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Cogito ergo sum : the life of René Descartes

Author: Richard A Watson
Publisher: Boston : David R. Godine, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Rene Descartes is the philosophical architect of our modern world. In metaphysics, he established the view that mind and body are distinct substances, a position foundational for any belief that the human soul is immortal. In mathematics, he invented analytic geometry - the basis of calculus - which makes physics as we know it possible. Descartes perfected the method of proposing and testing hypotheses with
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Watson, Richard A., 1931-
Cogito ergo sum.
Boston : David R. Godine, 2002
(OCoLC)606812807
Online version:
Watson, Richard A., 1931-
Cogito ergo sum.
Boston : David R. Godine, 2002
(OCoLC)609324271
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes; René Descartes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Watson
ISBN: 1567921841 9781567921847
OCLC Number: 47894465
Description: viii, 375 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The curse of Cartesianism --
Prologue: On the Zeedijk --
Childhood: Since my childhood, I have been nurtured on books --
Schooling: It is the best school in France --
Isaac Beeckman: You have awakened me --
Magic Kingdoms: I have made a most marvelous discovery --
The Rebel: I am not prepared for a judgeship --
Flight: Tell no one my address --
Descartes's Dog: I go almost every day to the slaughterhouse --
Francine Descartes: I am not one of those philosophers who think a man should not cry --
The Geometers: I have gone as far in mathematics as the human mind can go --
Princess Elisabeth: No one has understood me better --
The Preachers: I am not an atheist --
The Fronde: It is like inviting a guest to dinner when your kitchen is in an uproar and the cooking pot turned over --
Queen Christina: Where men's thoughts freeze like the water --
Conclusion: The ghost in the machine fights the last battle for the human soul.
Responsibility: Richard Watson.

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"Rene Descartes is the philosophical architect of our modern world. In metaphysics, he established the view that mind and body are distinct substances, a position foundational for any belief that the human soul is immortal. In mathematics, he invented analytic geometry - the basis of calculus - which makes physics as we know it possible. Descartes perfected the method of proposing and testing hypotheses with experiments that anyone can repeat, which forms the basis of modern science. In optics, he discovered and described laws of refraction and reflection. In medicine, he was a pioneer in vivisection and anatomical description for understanding the human body.

In physiology, his analysis of the relations among the sense organs, nerves, and the brain is still taught today. In psychology, he discovered conditioned reflexes and investigated the role of the emotions in human behavior. Descartes said there was no point in trying to refute Aristotelian Scholasticism; rather, he would simply show a better way. Some 350 years after his death, our twenty-first-century world - from mind-body dualism to heart pumps, from pop psychology to personal computers - is thoroughly Cartesian. Nothing in the modern world would alarm or surprise him were he alive today."--Jacket.

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