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Descartes : a biography

Author: Desmond M Clarke
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Descartes' main contribution to the history of ideas was a philosophy that would be sympathetic to the concepts of the Scientific Revolution. This is the first biography in English to address the full range of Descartes' interest in theology, philosophy, and the sciences, tracing his intellectual development throughout his career.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Clarke, Desmond M.
Descartes.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2005008107
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Desmond M Clarke
ISBN: 0521823013 9780521823012 0511168071 9780511168079 051116856X 9780511168567 128043709X 9781280437090 9786610437092 6610437092
OCLC Number: 159957867
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgments; Note on Texts and References; Introduction; 1 A Lawyer's Education; 2 In Search of a Career (1616-1622); 3 Magic, Mathematics, and Mechanics: Paris, 1622-1628; 4 A Fabulous World (1629-1633); 5 The Scientific Essaysand the Discourse on Method (1633-1637); 6 Retreat and Defence (1637-1639); 7 Metaphysics in a Hornet's Nest (1639-1642); 8 The French Liar's Monkey and the Utrecht Controversy; 9 Descartes and Princess Elizabeth; 10 The Principles of Philosophy (1644); 11 The Quarrel and Final Rift with Regius.
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