- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (8 Sept. 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521352649
- ISBN-13: 978-0521352642
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,267,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings Hardcover – 8 Sep 1988
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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
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.See all Product Description
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Thanks a lot Descartes... you pretty much ruined the world.
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.