Discourse on Method and Related Writings

Discourse on Method and Related Writings

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Descartes' Discourse on Method has long been regarded as a seminal contribution to modern philosophy. We can now see that it is also one of the key texts in the 'scientific revolution' of the seventeenth century. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) did major research in optics, geometry, astronomy and physiology, although he published nothing until he was over forty. The Discourse forms the preface to his first collection of scientific papers (1637), sketching in a new method based on hypothesis and deduction which was soon to replace traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. This edition puts the work in context, by including extracts from Descartes' correspondence, the Rules for Guiding One's Intelligence and from The World - a posthumously published summary of his physical theories. The age of Newton marks one of the great turning points in intellectual history; Descartes has a key place at its very heart. Also by Descartes is the companion volume, Meditations and other Metaphysical Writings .
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780140446999
Characteristics: xxxv, 207 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Clarke, Desmond M.


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LeoHk Jan 18, 2018

This captures the birth of a new scientific and philosophical era. One which gave us Newton, Locke and the age of Enlightenment. A must-read for anyone interested in philosophy and modern Western thought.


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