Descartes by John CottinghamDescartes by John Cottingham


EditorJohn Cottingham

Paperback | June 1, 1998

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This latest volume in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy series brings together some of the most influential and stimulating essays on Descartes' philosophy to have appeared in the last fifty years, edited by the renowned Descartes specialist Professor John Cottingham. A lucid introduction bythe editor outlines the principle features of Descartes' philosophy and summarizes the main arguments of each chapter. Covering the full range of Descartes' thought, the volume opens with a cluster of central issues in Descartes' metaphysics: systematic doubt, the Cogito, clarity and distinctness,and the Cartesian Circle; followed by chapters on Descartes' theory of the will, and his account of necessity and possibility. Two notorious and interrelated problems in Descartes' system are then dealt with: the distinction between mind and body, and the unity of the human being. There followchapters on Descartes' account of human nature and the passions, and his treatment of animals; and the volume closes with three chapters on Cartesian science, covering Descartes' views on the relationship between experiment and deduction, his account of scientific explanation, and the notion ofcausal agency or force in his physics. These broad-ranging and accessible perspectives on Descartes' work will be essential reading for students and specialists.
John Cottingham was born in London and educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, and at St John's College, Oxford University, where he gained Double First Class Honours in Classics and Philosophy; he later took his doctorate in Philosophy at Oxford University. He has held posts at Exeter College, Oxford University and the Univ...
Title:DescartesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

John Cottingham: IntroductionI. Michael Williams: Descartes and the Metaphysics of DoubtII. Peter Markie: The Cogito and its ImportanceIII. Alan Gewirth: Clearness and Distinctness in DescartesIV. James Van Cleve: Foundationalism, Epistemic Principles and the Cartesian CircleV. Anthony Kenny: Descartes on the WillVI. Jonathan Bennett: Descartes' Theory of ModalityVII. Margaret Wilson: The Epistemological Argument for Mind-Body DistinctnessVIII. Genevieve Rodis-Lewis: Descartes and the Unity of Human BeingIX. Stephen Gaukroger: Descartes' Theory of the PassionsX. John Cottingham: Descartes' Treatment of AnimalsXI. Daniel Garber: Descartes, Method and the Role of ExperimentXII. Desmond Clarke: Descartes' Concept of Scientific ExplanationXIII. Gary Hatfield: Force (God) in Descartes' PhysicsNotes on the ContributorsBibliographyTable of Citations of Descartes' WorksIndex

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This volume collects some of the best articles on Descartes published in the last 50 years. Edited by renowned Descartes specialist John Cottingham, the volume covers the full range of Descartes's thought, including Cartesian metaphysics, the relationship between mind and body, human nature and the passions, and the structure of scientific explanation.