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Meditations on First Philosophy [Mass Market Paperback]

Rene Descartes

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8 Feb 2008
Meditations on First Philosophy written by legendary philosopher Rene Descartes is widely considered to be one of the top philosophical books of all time. This great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, Meditations on First Philosophy is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic philosophical literature, this gem by Rene Descartes is highly recommended. Published by Classic Books America and beautifully produced, Meditations on First Philosophy would make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone's personal library.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: www.bnpublishing.com (8 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9562916170
  • ISBN-13: 978-9562916172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,638,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rene Descartes (Latin:Renatus Cartesius) (March 31, 1596 - February 11, 1650), also known as Renatus Cartesius (latinized form), was a highly influential French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer. He has been dubbed the "Father of Modern Philosophy" and the "Father of Modern Mathematics", and much of subsequent Western philosophy is a reaction to his writings, which continue to be studied closely, even to the present day. His influence in mathematics is also apparent, the Cartesian coordinate system that is used in plane geometry and algebra being named for him, and he was one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution.

Descartes frequently sets his views apart from those of his predecessors. In the opening section of the Passions of the Soul, a treatise on the Early Modern version of what are now commonly called emotions, he goes so far as to assert that he will write on his topic "as if no one had written on these matters before". Many elements of his philosophy have precedents in late Aristotelianism, the revived Stoicism of the 16th century, or in earlier philosophers like St. Augustine. In his natural philosophy, he differs from the Schools on two major points: first, he rejects the analysis of corporeal substance into matter and form; second, he rejects any appeal to ends-divine or natural-in explaining natural phenomena. In his theology, he insists on the absolute freedom of God's act of creation.

Descartes was a major figure in 17th century continental rationalism, later advocated by Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz, and opposed by the empiricist school of thought consisting of Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Leibniz, Spinoza and Descartes were all versed in mathematics as well as philosophy, and Descartes and Leibniz contributed greatly to science as well. As the inventor of the Cartesian coordinate system, Descartes founded analytic geometry, the bridge between algebra and geometry, crucial to the invention of calculus and analysis. Descartes' reflections on mind and mechanism began the strain of western thought that much later, impelled by the invention of the electronic computer and by the possibility of machine intelligence, blossomed into the Turing test and related thought. His most famous statement is: Cogito ergo sum (French: Je pense, donc je suis; English: I think, therefore I am), found in 7 of part I of Principles --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read 13 Feb 2011
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I read this for a Phil 2222 course and all I have to say is WOW. Granted, I did have to take my time reading to make sure I understood everything, but Descartes poses some of the most fascinating arguments - especially the one for the existence of God. A must-read for anyone who bothers to read later Philosophers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another enlightening book! 11 Feb 2011
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Good read. Make sure you take time to ponder on the reading otherwise you won't value the text. It helps to discuss this with others when you're reading it as well. Again, made me think about my own life and I've actually made some changes because it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy if published by ClassicBooksAmerica 29 Dec 2011
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The one-star rating is for the third-rate publisher: ClassicBooksAmerica. This Amazon.com product page lists the publisher as CreateSpace, but the book image (and preview) shown is from ClassicBooksAmerica.

The text is riddled with typographical errors: a lot of spelling mistakes and the Yen/Yuan symbol, ¥, throughout the text (a type-setting blunder).

Caveat emptor/lector: DO NOT PURCHASE THIS EDITION.
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