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Descartes : a biography

Author: Desmond M Clarke
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats

Descartes' main contribution was positing a philosophy that would be sympathetic to the key concepts of the Scientific Revolution. This is the first biography in English that addresses the full range  Read more...

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Named Person: René Descartes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Desmond M Clarke
ISBN: 9780521823012 0521823013 9781107601468 1107601460
OCLC Number: 875387781
Description: XI, 507 str. ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. A lawyer's education; 2. In search of a career (1612-22); 3. Magic and mechanism: Paris (1622-8); 4. A fabulous world (1629-33); 5. The scientific essays and the Discourse on Method (1633-7); 6. Retreat and defence (1637-9); 7. Metaphysics in a hornet's nest (1639-42); 8. The French liar's monkey and the Utrecht crisis; 9. Descartes and Princess Elizabeth; 10. The Principles of Philosophy (1644); 11. The quarrel and final rift with Regius; 12. Once more into battle: the Leiden theologians (1647); 13. Thoughts of retirement; 14. Death in Sweden; Appendix 1. Descartes' principal works; Appendix 2. Places where Descartes lived; Bibliography.
Responsibility: Desmond M. Clarke.
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Review of the hardback: 'Desmond Clarke ... does a very good job of tracing the details of Descartes's life - the many comings and goings, the exchanges with other thinkers. Clarke takes the often Read more...

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