RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 49569189 LA English UL http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511605727 T1 The world and other writings A1 Descartes, René,, Gaukroger, Stephen., PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge; New York YR 1998 SN 0511001878 9780511001871 0511035799 9780511035791 9780511605727 0511605722 9786612388897 6612388897 AB "Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a skeptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, The Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, physical optics, and a cosmology, and The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from The Dioptrics and The Meteors, and the first English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body."--Jacket.