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Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings by [Descartes, René]
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'This new translation is designed as a replacement for the old but still widely used translation by Elizabeth Haldane and G. R. T. Ross … Unlike the Haldane and Ross edition which was translated from a composite text based on both the French and Latin editions, the present translation is made from the Latin text alone, with significant changes in the French edition indicated in the footnotes. This is clearly much more satisfactory. The translation is generally accurate, and is neither excessively free nor excessively literal … There is little doubt that this will become the standard translation of Descartes' philosophical writings, and it deserves a warm welcome.' French Studies

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Based on the new and much acclaimed two-volume Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, this anthology contains the most important and widely studied of those writings, including the Discourse and Meditations and substantial extracts from the Regulae, Optics, Principles, Objectives and Replies, Comments on a Broadsheet, and Passions of the Soul.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1028 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521358124
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (26 Feb. 1988)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Descartes' Basic Writings 11 Aug. 2001
By D. S. Heersink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This first volume in a two-volume set contains: (1) Rules for the Direction of our Native Intelligence, (2) Discourse on the Method, (3) Optics, (4) Meditations on First Philosophy (together with Objections and Replies), (5) Principles of Philosophy, (6) Comments on a Certain Broadsheet, and (7) The Passions of the Soul. The only book missing from this great volume is Descartes' Geometry, but given the breadth and depth of the current volume, such an omission is understandable.
The translation is among the very best, with the consistent use of nouns and verbs and direct objects throughout the various texts. The book is accompanied by an excellent index, and an occasional note only when absolutely necessary. The text is allowed to speak for itself, and this it does with aplomb.
My only regret is my copy is not printed on acid-free paper, and after a decade is already beginning to age prematurely. This one complaint aside, this volume is both well written and covers Descartes' best ideas. This particular volume belongs in all serious students' and collegiate libraries.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good translation, good introduction 16 Dec. 2015
By ELT - Published on Amazon.com
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Translation is excellent and readable, with additional footnotes for further elucidation. Descartes is an important person in Western philosophy and cannot be overlooked, whatever you think of his views. This is a great starting point.
5.0 out of 5 stars but the readings were so good that I had to hold onto it for my ... 18 Dec. 2015
By JD - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book for an intro to philosophy course, but the readings were so good that I had to hold onto it for my own personal library.
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