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The Princess and the Philosopher: Letters of Elisabeth of the Palatine to Rene Descartes Paperback – 1 Apr 1999


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Nye has put this correspondence in readable form ... well done. -- S. C. Schwarze, Cabrini College CHOICE An intriguing combination of social history, biography, and philosophical commentary. The Princess and the Philosopher provides a lens that enables readers to understand Elisabeth's appreciation of and impact on Descartes' philosophy, framed within the political and cultural context of their time. -- Nancy Tuana, Editor, NEWSLETTER ON FEMINISM AND PHILOSOPHY

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Andrea Nye is professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her books include Philosophia: The Thought of Rosa Luxemburg, Simone Weil, and Hannah Arendt (1994) and Words of Power: A Feminist Reading of the History of Logic (1990).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If only she would have included the rest of the letters! 7 Feb. 2005
By Casimir - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so taken with the portions of the letters translated and available for the first time in English, that I wasn't particularly bothered by the perspective. It was actually quite thought provoking.

One wishes the complete texts of the letters would have been included. After all, why not? Then readers could find things that interested them, that may have not interested the author. In particular, one feels that Elisabeth's status as a Reformed Protestant could have been explored more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Too much excerpting! 20 Oct. 2009
By Aaron Boyden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like another reviewer, I found Nye's commentary excessive and not very interesting or helpful, and would have much preferred to see more of the text of Elisabeth's letters themselves. Still, it is at least a chance to get a significant proportion of Elisabeth's ideas in English, and that's certainly valuable.
11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Garbage 30 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Throughout this book one may find translations of important letters between Descartes and Princess Elizabeth that are otherwise unavailable in English. This is, however, the book's only merit. The "commentary" on the letters reduces Elizabeth's often insightful objections to concerns about suitors who only care to (actual quote from the book) "get into her pants." Conjectures about an affair between Elizabeth and Descartes, generalizations about the trials and tribulations of court life and pure incompetence regarding all substantive points raised in the correspondence pervade the entire work. An absolute insult.
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