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Descartes : an intellectual biography

Author: Stephen Gaukroger
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is the father of modern philosophy, and one of the greatest of all thinkers. This is the first intellectual biography of Descartes in English; it offers a fundamental reassessment of all aspects of his life and work. Stephen Gaukroger, a leading authority on Descartes, traces his intellectual development from childhood, showing the connections between his intellectual and personal life and
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes; René Descartes; Ren©♭ Descartes
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Gaukroger
ISBN: 0198239947 9780198239949
OCLC Number: 30895233
Description: xx, 499 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
'A learned and eloquent piety' --
An education in propriety, 1606-1618 --
The apprenticeship with Beeckman, 1618-1619 --
The search for method, 1619-1625 --
The Paris years, 1625-1628 --
A new beginning, 1629-1630 --
A new system of the world, 1630-1633 --
The years of consolidation, 1634-1640 --
The defence of natural philosophy, 1640-1644, Melancholia and the passions, 1643-1650 --
Notes.
Responsibility: Stephen Gaukroger.
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