Meditations And Other Metaphysical Writings

Paperback | September 1, 1999

byRene DescartesIntroduction byDesmond M. ClarkeTranslated byDesmond M. Clarke

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One of the foundation-stones of modern philosophy

Descartes was prepared to go to any lengths in his search for certainty—even to deny those things that seemed most self-evident. In his Meditations of 1641, and in the Objections and Replies that were included with the original publication, he set out to dismantle and then reconstruct the idea of the individual self and its existence. In doing so, Descartes developed a language of subjectivity that has lasted to this day, and he also took his first steps towards the view that would eventually be expressed in the epigram Cogito, ergo sum ("I think, therefore I am"), one of modern philosophy's most famous—and most fiercely contested—claims. The first part of a two-volume edition of Descartes' works in Penguin Classics, the second of which is Discourse on Method & Related Writings.

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The work of one of the most influential writers of metaphysics gets a close examination in this valuable new book. Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings is an authoritative new translation of Descartes’ principal writings on metaphysics. It includes the Meditations, selections from the Objections and Replies, and Part One of the ...

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One of the foundation-stones of modern philosophy Descartes was prepared to go to any lengths in his search for certainty—even to deny those things that seemed most self-evident. In his Meditations of 1641, and in the Objections and Replies that were included with the original publication, he set out to dismantle and then reconstruct t...

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TRANSLATED WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DESMOND M. CLARKEOf all the works of the man claimed by many as the father of modern philosophy, the Meditations (1641), must surely be Rene Descartes' masterpiece.The six Meditations and accompanying selections from the Objections and Replies provide a definitive statement of what Descartes intended ...

Rene Descartes (1596-1650), French philosopher and mathematician, is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. Desmond Clarke is professor of philosophy at University College, Cork.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Penguin Descartes
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Further ReadingMeditations on First PhilosophyLetter of Dedication to the Sorbonne
Preface to the Reader
Summary of the Following Six Meditations
Meditations
Objections and Replies (Selections)The Principles of PhilosophyLetter to Princess Elizabeth
Part One: The Principles of Human KnowledgeDescartes' Correspondence: Selections, 1643-9Comments on a Certain ManifestoNotes
Index
Notes

From Our Editors

The work of one of the most influential writers of metaphysics gets a close examination in this valuable new book. Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings is an authoritative new translation of Descartes’ principal writings on metaphysics. It includes the Meditations, selections from the Objections and Replies, and Part One of the Principles.