Descartes

Descartes

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Rene Descartes (1596-1650) had a remarkably short working life, and his output was small, yet his contributions to philosophy and science have endured to the present day. He is perhaps best known for his statement `Cogito, ergo sum'. By a mixture of `intuition' and `deduction' Descartes derived from the `cogito' principle first the existence of God and then the existence of a material world. But Descartes did not intend the metaphysics to stand apart from his scientific work, which included important investigations into physics, mathematics, psychology, and optics. In this book Tom Sorell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences.show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 12mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019287635X
  • 9780192876355

About Tom Sorell

About the Author: Tom Sorell is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. His books include Knowledge and Descartes, both published by the Open University Press.show more

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