The Rationalists

The Rationalists : Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics

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Founded in the mid-17th century, Rationalism wasphilosophy's first step into the modern era. Thisvolume contains the essential statements ofRationalism's three greatest figures: Descartes, whobegan it; Spinoza, who epitomized it; and Leibniz, who gave it its last serious expression."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 28mm | 391g
  • Anchor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385095406
  • 9780385095402
  • 407,048

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Founded in the mid-17th century, Rationalism was philosophy's first step into the modern era. This volume contains the essential statements of Rationalism's three greatest figures: Descartes, who began it; Spinoza, who epitomized it; and Leibniz, who gave it its last serious expression.
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Table of contents

René Descartes (1596–1650)
Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking the Truth in the Sciences (1637)
Meditations of the First Philosophy (1641)

Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677)
The Ethics (1677)

Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz (1646–1716)
Discourse on Metaphysics (1710)
The Monadology (1716)
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About René Descartes

Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the French philosopher and mathematician, is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy.

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) was born in Amsterdam, where his orthodox Jewish family had fled from persecution in Portugal. Expelled from the synagogue for his heterodox philosophy, he identified God with nature and denied the possibility of an act of creation.

Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz (1646 - 1716) German philosopher, mathematician, and political adviser, important both as a metaphysician and as a logician and distinguished also for his independent invention of the differential and integral calculus.
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