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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction for the lay philosopher
Undoubtably Descartes' most famous work. 'Meditations' provides a unique insight into the nature of the human mind and philosophical thought. Of equal use to the lay philosopher and student of philosophy, written well and easy to understand, and, most importantly, translated directly from the Latin original, not the French (which was itself translated from the Latin), so...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was informative and easy to follow
Bought for studying, not pleasure. Was informative and easy to follow. Came quickly.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction for the lay philosopher, 14 Jun. 2003
Undoubtably Descartes' most famous work. 'Meditations' provides a unique insight into the nature of the human mind and philosophical thought. Of equal use to the lay philosopher and student of philosophy, written well and easy to understand, and, most importantly, translated directly from the Latin original, not the French (which was itself translated from the Latin), so does its best to translate the direct meaning in the spirit in which the author intended it. From the man who coined the famous phrase 'cogito ergo sum' I give you 'Meditations'. A definite must for anyone and everyone with an analytic and open mind. Little work needed to understand Descartes' meaning and a pleasure to read. Highly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very important, if the not the most to modern philosophy, 19 Mar. 2001
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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 Absolutely perfect, 15 Feb. 2015
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It is everything I wanted, it's simple but contains all the features I was hoping for.

It is simply Descartes' meditations with a hyperlinked contents page and, if memory serves correct, a prelude.

It's utterly perfect for a philosophy student and the text itself in terms of philosophical integrity is undeniably one of the most important philosophical documents in history.
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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 Knowing a first-class philosopher and speaker. Unmissable!, 3 Mar. 2015
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Essential in order to understand human behaviour. Seductive arguments. Smart! Amazing book I would recommend to any friend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy ready...Honestly not as complexed as I expected, 11 Dec. 2014
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Book is good if you are into or studying philosophical thought. Some very interesting ideas, love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was informative and easy to follow, 1 July 2015
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Bought for studying, not pleasure. Was informative and easy to follow. Came quickly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor copy limit, 14 Mar. 2015
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I just wanted to add a word of warning.

I got this book for study for my AQA Philosophy A Level. Consequently I have annotated it, highlighted, made notes in it etc.

However I am now getting "you have reached the publisher's copy limit set for this title" when copying text to include in my essays and notes. I honestly don't think I can have copied that much of it, but it is very annoying to not be able to copy text from the book into my essays and notes!

Of course the book is available online and it is possible to go and copy the text from other sources, but I feel a study book like this shouldn't have a limit on the amount of text that can be copied from it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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