The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth Of Bohemia And René Descartes

Paperback | June 1, 2007

byPrincess Elisabeth of Bohemia

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Between the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–80) and René Descartes (1596–1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters—thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence contains the only known extant philosophical writings by Elisabeth, revealing her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, and moral philosophy, as well as her keen interest in natural philosophy. The letters are essential reading for anyone interested in Descartes’s philosophy, in particular his account of the human being as a union of mind and body, as well as his ethics. They also provide a unique insight into the character of their authors and the way ideas develop through intellectual collaboration.

Philosophers have long been familiar with Descartes’s side of the correspondence. Now Elisabeth’s letters—never before available in translation in their entirety—emerge this volume, adding much-needed context and depth both to Descartes’s ideas and the legacy of the princess. Lisa Shapiro’s annotated edition—which also includes Elisabeth’s correspondence with the Quakers William Penn and Robert Barclay—will be heralded by students of philosophy, feminist theorists, and historians of the early modern period.

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Between the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–80) and René Descartes (1596–1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters—thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence contains the only known extant philosophical writings by Elisabeth, revealing her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, ...

Lisa Shapiro is associate professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 1, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226204421

ISBN - 13:9780226204420

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Series Editors’ Introduction  ix
Volume Editor’s Introduction
Volume Editor’s Bibliography
Note on Texts and Translation
The Correspondence
Appendix: Additional Correspondence of Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia
Series Editors’ Bibliography
Index