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Reprints the sections "Discourse on the method of rightly conducting the reason" and "Meditations on first philosophy" from the 1955 Dover edition of The philosophical works of Descartes, vol. 1 , which was a corrected reprint of the Cambridge University Press edition published in 1911. In them, Descartes considers the nature of the human mind, scientific reasoning, and theology. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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(Wordsworth Classics of World Literature). Includes the seminal Cartesian document, 'Discourse on Method,' plus Rules for the Direction of the Mind (extracts), Meditations on First Philosophy, The SearchAfter Truth, and others. 407p. Pap.
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Treatise of Man

By Rene Descartes

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The Treatise of Man represents Descartes' (1596-1650) contribution to the study of human physiology and anatomy. It contains detailed descriptions of the nervous system, a theory on the mechanics of motion, and several illustrations concerning the operations of the eye and the brain. While much of the science is wrong, the idea that the body functions as a mechanism marked a major advance in the field. This edition (which originally appeared in 1972) includes commentary on Descartes' physiology, on the contents of the first French edition, and on bibliographical materials. Cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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