The Passions of the Soul and Other Late Philosophical Writings

Paperback | September 30, 2015

byRene Descartes

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"Those most capable of being moved by passion are those capable of tasting the most sweetness in this life."Descartes is most often thought of as introducing a total separation of mind and body. But he also acknowledged the intimate union between them, and in his later writings he concentrated on understanding this aspect of human nature. The Passions of the Soul is his greatest contribution to thisdebate. It contains a profound discussion of the workings of the emotions and of their place in human life - a subject that increasingly engages the interest of philosophers and intellectual and cultural historians. It also sets out a view of ethics that has been seen as a radical reorientation ofmoral philosophy.This volume also includes both sides of the correspondence with Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, one of Descartes's keenest disciples and shrewdest critics, which played a crucial role in the genesis of The Passions, as well as the first part of The Principles of Philosophy, which sets out the keypositions of Descartes's philosophical system.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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"Those most capable of being moved by passion are those capable of tasting the most sweetness in this life."Descartes is most often thought of as introducing a total separation of mind and body. But he also acknowledged the intimate union between them, and in his later writings he concentrated on understanding this aspect of human natu...

Michael Moriarty's publications include Early Modern French Thought: The Age of Suspicion (OUP, 2003) and Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought (OUP, 2011). He has translated Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy for Oxford World's Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:September 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionNote on the Text and TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of DescartesCorrespondence with Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, 1643-9Principles of Philosophy, Part I (1644, 1647)Letters to Fr Denis Mesland, SJ, 2 May 1644 and 9 February 1645Letter to the Marquess of Newcastle, 23 November 1646Letter to Pierre Chanut, 6 June 1647Letter to Antoine Arnauld, 29 July 1648The Passions of the Soul (1649)Explanatory Notes