Descartes: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byTom Sorell

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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' Descartesderived from the 'cogito' principle first 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 Sorrell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approachto physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences.

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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' Descartesderived from the 'cogito' principle first the exi...

Tom Sorell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is the author of Hobbes (1986), Moral Theory and Capital Punishment (1987), Scientism (1991), and editor of The Rise of Modern Philosophy (1993) and The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes (1995).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.31 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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`concise and lucid ... it radiates authority'J. V. Field, Mathematical Reviews