On the Ego and on God : Further Cartesian Questions
In Part I (On the Ego), Marion explores the alterity of the Cartesian ego, arguing that it is not as solitary as has often been assumed, and shows how Descartes' writings themselves are framed by dialogue. He explicates the status of the "rule of truth" in the Meditations, on the one hand highlighting how Descartes' argument is not circular, on the other hand showing how Pascal responds to and alters Descartes. He also elucidates the ambivalent status of the concept of substance in Descartes by returning to its roots in the philosophy of Suarez.
In Part II (On God), Marion returns to the important Cartesian thesis of the creation of the eternal truths, setting it in the context of the claims of earlier thinkers and showing its demise in philosophies following Descartes. The study closes with a careful delineation of the concept of causa sui and a detailed survey of the idea of God in seventeenth-century thought.
- Hardback | 488 pages
- 152 x 229 x 22.1mm | 548.85g
- 01 Apr 2008
- Fordham University Press
- New York, United States
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important interpreters of Descartes in the twentieth century."
----Jeffrey Kosky, Washington & Lee University To read Jean-Luc Marion on Descartes provokes the same sorts of excitement,
surprise, disagreement and admiration that an earlier generation experienced
when reading Martin Heidegger on Nietzsche. If Marion is less exorbitant
than Heidegger, he is more exacting in what he demands of Descartes's
writings. One thing is certain: no one who reads Descartes can afford not to
read Marion on Descartes.
----Kevin Hart, University of Virginia . . . Marion's project is immensely rich, subtle, and inventive. * -Christianity and Literature *
About Jean-Luc Marion