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The princess and the philosopher : letters of Elisabeth of the Palatine to René Descartes

Author: Andrea Nye; Elisabeth, Countess Palatine
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For a number of years, those interested in recovering women's thought have known about Princess Elisabeth, a seventeenth-century correspondent, friend, and an acute, persistent critic of Descartes's philosophy. Her questions provoked the philosopher to think more seriously about ethics and the passions, as Elisabeth found his answer--that an all-powerful God can do anything--extremely unsatisfactory. Up to now, only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal correspondence
Correspondance
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nye, Andrea, 1939-
Princess and the philosopher.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1999
(OCoLC)607171232
Online version:
Nye, Andrea, 1939-
Princess and the philosopher.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1999
(OCoLC)608588043
Named Person: René Descartes; Elisabeth, Countess Palatine; René Descartes; Elisabeth, princesse palatine; René Descartes; Elisabeth, Countess Palatine; Elisabeth von der Pfalz; René Descartes; Pfalzgräfin) Elisabeth (Pfalz-Simmern; René Descartes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Nye; Elisabeth, Countess Palatine
ISBN: 0847692655 9780847692651 0847692647 9780847692644
OCLC Number: 40158918
Description: xiii, 187 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue : a terrible grief --
The first overtures --
Body and soul --
The scent of a rose --
An initial disappointment --
The uses of metaphysics --
The philosophic muse --
Doctor-philosopher --
A life blessed with happiness --
The burdens of civility --
A discourse on prudence --
The consolations of theology --
Traitor to the cause --
A silence between friends --
Master of passion --
A certain languor --
Murder in the streets --
The Prince --
Magic powers --
An ungrateful disciple --
An accusation of blasphemy --
A new patroness --
The purloined letters --
Affairs of state --
On the advantages of partition and death by beheading --
A royal summons --
Reason in the service of sense --
In the land of ice and snow --
Epilogue : the Abbess of Herford.
Responsibility: Andrea Nye.

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A collection of the translated letters of the 17th-century correspondent and friend of Descartes, Princess Elisabeth. Her questions provoked Descartes to think about ethics and the passions. The  Read more...

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Nye has put this correspondence in readable form . . . well done. -- S. C. Schwarze, Cabrini College * CHOICE * An intriguing combination of social history, biography, and philosophical commentary. Read more...

 
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