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on 27 May 2016
A great introduction into a somewhat spammed philosopher. In most books on Descartes he is over simplified and merely criticised as if he offered nothing, while this book gives a more holistic view of this impressive philosopher.
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on 15 April 2010
This is a stimulating introduction to the life and work of Descartes which successfully interweaves an historical account of his life with clear and concise explanations of his philosophical work. Sorrel manages to squeeze a lot into the book, covering not only Descartes' obvious philosophical output - the Discourse and Meditations - but also his scientific and mathematical work - and presenting these in the context of the political and ideological background of the time.

Some of Descartes' arguments can be quite abstract (e.g. the argument for the existence of material objects) but Sorell does an impressive job of summarising these for the newcomer. The book is well-organized - more-or-less chronologically to his life - and with a mere 100 odd pages split into 20 very short chapters, this is an easily manageable and enjoyable read that should keep the interest of the beginner. Some of the books in this series can be a bit hit-and-miss, but if you want to know more about Descartes and his ideas, I would recommend this one.
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on 13 April 2016
I read this in one sitting. It's great if you want facts, and it is well written (clearly the author knows his Descartes history), but I found it very boring. I particularly wanted to know about his approach to mindfulness meditation, there was one paragraph that fitted this requirement, so for me it was worth reading to the end. Unlike most books I buy, I will not return to read again.
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on 26 January 2017
This book offers a general overview of his philosophy and thinking, you don't have to read his works to know what his philosophy is about.
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on 7 July 2015
Well written account. Again is this relevant in the 21C.
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on 11 October 2001
This book is both short and easy to read. Its a good starting point for those who are trying to grasp a framework about Descartes and what he did.
The author has put a lot of effort into breaking down the book into short chapters - this makes the book manageable and keeps you interested. Each chapter covers a new area.
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on 28 January 2017
Good txn
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on 16 May 2013
Very quick delivery and the item was in prime condition. Brilliant seller. Wanted this book because of Descartes used to live in Holland and had some interesting stuff to say about my country.
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