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on 14 June 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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on 19 March 2001
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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on 7 October 2012
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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on 17 October 2013
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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on 3 March 2015
Essential in order to understand human behaviour. Seductive arguments. Smart! Amazing book I would recommend to any friend!
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on 11 December 2014
Book is good if you are into or studying philosophical thought. Some very interesting ideas, love it.
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on 1 July 2015
Bought for studying, not pleasure. Was informative and easy to follow. Came quickly.
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on 30 November 2015
The book version shown on Amazon web page, has the John Cottingham translation, which is superb. Unfortunately, the Kindle version on the same Amazon web page is not the John Cottingham translation. Not sure which translation it is as it doesn't say.

Not the best use of 49p ... but hey ho.

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy
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on 17 October 2015
Disappointing for an atheist
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on 6 February 2016
Succinct and briliant!
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