Discourse On Method And Related Writings

Paperback | March 1, 2000

byRene DescartesIntroduction byDesmond M. ClarkeNotes byDesmond M. Clarke

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"It is not enough to have a good mind; it is more important to use it well"

René Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. Many of Descartes’ most radical ideas—such as the disparity between our perceptions and the realities that cause them—have been highly influential in the development of modern philosophy.This edition sets the Discourse on Method in the wider context of Descartes’ work, with the Rules for Guiding One’s Intelligence in Searching for the Truth (1628), extracts from The World (1633) and selected letters from 1636-9. A companion volume, Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings, is also published in Penguin Classics.

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All of our modern thinking and scientific notions owe greatly to the work of an exceptional man from France. Rene Descartes published his first work after he reached the age of 40. His late start did not prevent him changing the face of science by replacing Aristotelian techniques with his own scientific method of hypothesis and deduct...

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"It is not enough to have a good mind; it is more important to use it well"René Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.6 inPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Desmond M. Clarke
Acknowledgments
Note on References to Descartes
Introduction
Further Reading
Discourse on the Method for Guiding One's Reason and Searching for Truth in the Sciences
Selected Correspondence, 1636-9
The World, or a Treatise on Light (Chapter 1-7)
Rules for Guiding One's Intelligence in Searching for the Truth

Text Notes
Index

From Our Editors

All of our modern thinking and scientific notions owe greatly to the work of an exceptional man from France. Rene Descartes published his first work after he reached the age of 40. His late start did not prevent him changing the face of science by replacing Aristotelian techniques with his own scientific method of hypothesis and deduction. Discourse on Method and Related Writings is the first of a two-volume series from Penguin Classics that presents Descartes’ most influential and relevant writings.