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5.0 out of 5 stars a very important, if the not the most to modern philosophy, 19 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback)
Descartes is widely recognised as the founding father of modern philosophy. The Meditations introduce a scientific method into philosophical thought, and are the foundation to Descartes' work in science.
It is a very hard piece of work to understand, and to reaps its benefits fully, it is essential to also read the Objections and Replies (to Descartes) and also the secondary texts (especially B. Williams, Curley, Wilson and Cottingham).
On the superficial level The Meditations are very far fetched and can be dismissed as an invalid proof of the existence of God. This may be so, but the real impact Descartes makes is in changing the methodology that Philosophy begins to take. For these reasons The Meditations is an extrememly important text. And though I would not label any book as being essential for a student or lover of Philosophy to have read, I would label the Meditations as a classic.
It is worth reading just to find out what all the hype (surrounding the cogito 'i think, (therefore) i am') is all about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My man Des Cartez, 7 Oct 2012
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Good read, but for a layman like me a heavy one. I struggled to read in big chunks, pacing and breaks are key! Not one for the holiday perhaps but nevertheless an essential piece of work for anyone with an interest, general or otherwise, in philosophy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase, 17 Oct 2013
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The book was exactly as expected and my student boyfriend has found it invaluable for his degree studies. Recommended for any philosophy student
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 6 Mar 2013
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One of my favourite philosophers, this book is great. Arrived quite late but it wasn't a problem. A good sized book with a very readable font.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After the Post Screwed Up, 11 Oct 2011
After the product didn't find its way to me, due to Royal Mail being terrible (yet again)
The sender were very approachable, helpful and prompt with correspondents and solutions to the problem which ultimately helped me to get a copy of the book i needed quite quickly.
Very useful and will use again for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All sophestry and lies throw to the flames., 6 Jun 2005
This review is from: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback)
Sophestry, Sophestry condemn it to the flames. This book is like a spot the mistakes book of philosophy. From the Cartesian Circle to the Intentional fallacy to the blatent disreguard of predicates this book is seriously flawed. Making the reader use pons asinorum from previous meditations to attempt to prove the most propostrous assertions from the existence of god to the idea that dualism has to occur.
Saying that i like this book. It was certainly needed to get philosophy moving and is very readable. Beware of taking it at face value this book has to be read very carefully to be understood deeply. There are about 5 levels of people who read this book. On first reading you will probably become lost through the forth meditation onwards but this is where the sophestry becomes the most intense.
Don't throw it to the flames becuase it is enjoyable to destroy.
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