Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto

Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason

byRussell Shorto

Kobo ebook | October 14, 2008

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Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.

But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.

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Title:Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and ReasonFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 14, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038552837X

ISBN - 13:9780385528375

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