Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections from the Objections and Replies

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections from the Objections and Replies

Paperback Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

By (author) Rene Descartes, Edited by John Cottingham, Introduction by Bernard Williams, Series edited by Karl Ameriks, Series edited by Desmond M. Clarke

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  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 220mm x 10mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521558182
  • ISBN 13: 9780521558181
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 23,753

Product description

The Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, is the most widely studied of all Descartes' writings. This authoritative translation by John Cottingham, taken from the much acclaimed three-volume Cambridge edition of the Philosophical Writings of Descartes, is based upon the best available texts and presents Descartes' central metaphysical writings in clear, readable modern English. As well as the complete text of the Meditations, the reader will find a thematic abridgement of the Objections and Replies (which were originally published with the Meditations) containing Descartes' replies to his critics. These extracts, specially selected for the present volume, indicate the main philosophical difficulties which occurred to Descartes' contemporaries and show how Descartes developed and clarified his arguments in response. This edition contains a new comprehensive introduction to Descartes' philosophy by John Cottingham and the classic introductory essay on the Meditations by Bernard Williams.

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Table of contents

Introductory essay Bernard Williams; Introduction; Chronology; Meditations on first philosophy; Selections from the objections and replies; Index.