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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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Considered a foundational text in modern philosophy, the Meditations on First Philosophy presents numerous powerful arguments that to this day influence debates in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. This new translation incorporates revisions from the second Latin edition (1642) and the later French translation (1647) to make Descartes' reasoning as lucid and engaging as possible. Also included in this edition is a brief introduction to Descartes and the Meditations, revised and expanded from Andrew Bailey's acclaimed anthology, First Philosophy. The introduction helps the reader to understand the context and purpose of Descartes' project without over-explaining his arguments.
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The great work that founded analytical geometry. Includes the original French text, Descartes' own diagrams, and the definitive Smith-Latham translation. "The greatest single step ever made in the progress of the exact sciences." ? John Stuart Mill.
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(1952). Small 4to. Some pen and pencil notations, mostly at margins. Darkening to pages which are a little soiled and dusty at top edge. Some wear to corners of covers, as well as head and tail of spine. Rubbing to title at spine. VG.
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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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