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Descartes : an analytical and historical introduction

Author: Georges Dicker
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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A solid grasp of the main themes and arguments of the seventeenth century philosopher Rene Descartes is an essential tool towards understanding modern thought, and a necessary entree to the work of the empiricists and Immanuel Kant, and to the study of contemporary epistemology and philosophy of mind. Clear and accessible, this book serves as an introduction to Descartes's ideas for undergraduates and as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Named Person: René Descartes; Rene Descartes; René Descartes; René Descartes; René (1596-1650) Descartes; René Descartes; René Descartes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Dicker
ISBN: 0195075900 9780195075908
OCLC Number: 25628880
Description: xvi, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Meditation I: The Method of Doubt. 1. Descartes's Goal. 2. The Cartesian Doubt. 3. Is Cartesian Doubt Self-refuting? --
2. Meditation II: The Cogito and the Self. 1. Descartes's "I am thinking, therefore I exist" 2. The Certainty of One's Own Thoughts. 3. A Problem for the Cogito. 4. The Substance Theory. 5. The Structure of the Cogito. 6. Critical Discussion of the Cogito. 7. Descartes's Conception of the Self. 8. Cartesian Dualism --
3. Meditation III: The Criterion of Truth and the Existence of God. 1. Descartes's Criterion of Truth. 2. The Project of Meditation III. 3. From the Idea of God to God. 4. Criticisms of Descartes's Central Argument in Meditation III --
4. Meditation V: The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God. 1. Descartes's Ontological Argument. 2. Critique of the Ontological Argument. 3. Some Implications for Descartes's System --
5. Meditation VI: Dualism and the Material World. 2. Descartes's Proof of the "Real Distinction" Between Mind and Body. 3. Descartes's Proof of the Material World. 4. Descartes on the Nature of the Material World. 5. Dualism and the Problem of Interaction. 6. An Assessment of Cartesian Dualism.
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A solid grasp of the main themes and arguments of the seventeenth century philosopher Rene Descartes is an essential tool towards understanding modern thought, and a necessary entree to the work of the empiricists and Immanuel Kant, and to the study of contemporary epistemology and philosophy of mind. Clear and accessible, this book serves as an introduction to Descartes's ideas for undergraduates and as a sophisticated companion to his Meditations for more advanced readers. After a thorough discussion of the main themes and arguments of the Meditations, the historical background of the work, and its critical reception, the author offers his own reflections on Cartesian doubt, the cogito, the causal and ontological proofs of God's existence, the Cartesian circle, Cartesian dualism, and Descartes' views of the material world. The commentary includes and cross-references the full text of Meditations I, II, and V, and most of Meditations III and VI, employing John Cottingham's highly-praised translation.

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