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Key Philosophical Writings (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) [Paperback]

Rene Descartes , Enrique Chavez-Arvizo
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1 Jan 1997 Wordsworth Classics of World Literature

Translated by Elizabeth S. Haldane and G.R.T. Ross. Edited, this Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction by Enrique Chavez-Arvizo.

Rene Descartes (1569-1650), the ‘father’ of modern philosophy, is without doubt one of the greatest thinkers in history: his genius lies at the core of our contemporary intellectual identity. Breaking with the conventions of his own time and suffering persecution by the Church as a consequence, Descartes in his writings - most of which are philosophical classics - attempted to answer the central questions surrounding the self, God, free-will and knowledge, using the science of thought as opposed to received wisdom based on the tenets of faith.

This edition, the most comprehensive one-volume selection of Descartes' works available in English, includes his great essay, Discourse on Method.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (1 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264702
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect place to start with Descartes 26 Sep 2001
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The fact that this is the cheapest introductory collection of Descartes' writings of its size doesn't mean it's of inferior quality. This translation by Elizabeth Haldane and G. R. T. Ross is a reliable one, and this volume presents all the most important texts unabridged (and extracts from a few more obscure ones).
If you want to study the greatest rationalist of all time a little further, you may want to supplement this with a more heavily annotated edition of a given text, but this remains extremely good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars those searching for truth will find it here 16 Feb 2001
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Leibniz, Gauss, LaPlace, Fourier, Newton, Voltaire and many many other famous thinkers listened to this man's method for discovering truth in all that we as humans can determine using our senses. Therefore I urge that you and others attempt to see what this genius had to say, and why it triggered an enlightenment and revolution of thought. He explored many areas of mathematics as well, but his most important writings are simply his works on the method. Find out why he is considered one of the greatest thinkers ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Philosophical Works 6 Jun 2012
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The first half of this book contains "Rules for the Direction of the Mind", "Discourse on the Method", and "Meditations on First Philosophy"; and honestly the first half is all I've read (and reread, and reread, etc.) This is some of the most logically thought out and clearly expressed philosophy you will find anywhere. Not only that, it covers all manner of significant topics such as the existence of things, our own existence, our own perception of our existence, God's existence, the extent to which it is possible to doubt, and so on. Reading this you will find that "I think, therefore I am" misses many of Descartes' most important and skillfully executed arguments. I highly recommend it!
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