A Companion to Descartes

A Companion to Descartes

Editor(s): Janet Broughton, John Carriero

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405121545

Online ISBN: 9780470696439

DOI: 10.1002/9780470696439

About this Book

A collection of more than 30 specially commissioned essays, this volume surveys the work of the 17th-century philosopher-scientist commonly regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, while integrating unique essays detailing the context and impact of his work.

  • Covers the full range of historical and philosophical perspectives on the work of Descartes
  • Discusses his seminal contributions to our understanding of skepticism, mind-body dualism, self-knowledge, innate ideas, substance, causality, God, and the nature of animals
  • Explores the philosophical significance of his contributions to mathematics and science
  • Concludes with a section on the impact of Descartes's work on subsequent philosophers

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: The Intellectual Context

  2. Part II: Mathematics and Natural Philosophy

  3. Part III: Epistemology and Metaphysics

  4. Part IV: Descartes's Legacy

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