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The good life in the scientific revolution : Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, and the cultivation of virtue

Author: Matthew L Jones
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
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Amid the unrest, dislocation, and uncertainty of seventeenth-century Europe, readers seeking consolation and assurance turned to philosophical and scientific books that offered ways of conquering fears and training the mind?guidance for living a good life. The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution presents a triptych showing how three key early modern scientists, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, and Gottfried  Read more...
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Jones, Matthew L. (Matthew Laurence), 1972-
Good life in the scientific revolution.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006040491
(OCoLC)64208374
Named Person: René Descartes; Blaise Pascal; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; René Descartes; Blaise Pascal; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Ren Descartes
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew L Jones
ISBN: 9780226409566 0226409562
OCLC Number: 309255209
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 384 p.) : ill.
Contents: List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; A Note on Conventions; Introduction; PART 1 : DESCARTES; 1 Geometry as Spiritual Exercise; 2 A Rhetorical History of Truth; PART 2 : PASCAL; 3 Mathematical Liaisons; 4 The Anthropology of Disproportion; PART 3 : LEIBNIZ; 5 Forms of Expression; 6 Seeing All at Once; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index;
Responsibility: Matthew L. Jones.

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Amid the unrest, dislocation, and uncertainty of seventeenth-century Europe, readers seeking consolation and assurance turned to philosophical and scientific books that offered ways of conquering fears and training the mind?guidance for living a good life. The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution presents a triptych showing how three key early modern scientists, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, and Gottfried Leibniz, envisioned their new work as useful for cultivating virtue and for pursuing a good life. Their scientific and philosophical innovations stemmed in part from their understanding of.

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