This edition contains a new comprehensive introduction to Descartes’ philosophy by John Cottingham and the classic introductory essay on the Meditations by. Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy, published in Latin in , is one of the most widely studied philosophical texts of all time, and inaugurates many of. The Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, is the most widely studied of all Descartes’ writings. This authoritative translation by John.

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John Cottingham

Cottinghham beneath that clothing, or, to change the metaphor, at the core of the reasoning, is, I am arguing, a religious encounter: John Cottingham University of Reading. This is Descartes Meditations, and this is really sensational philosophical writing. So the overall evaluation of Descartes, on this view, is that he took us only part of the way towards our self-sufficient modern world appropriately enough for one who was a pioneer on the threshold of modernity.

Paradoxically, God is both known, attainable by my thought, yet also above the highest perfection that my mind can reach.

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The Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, is the most widely studied of all Descartes’ writings.

Cottingham, Cartesian Reflections Oxford: See all 32 reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought. The Great Philosophers Series London: But however fruitful such approaches may be, the point of studying a seminal thinker such as Descartes can never, in my view, be simply historical or scholarly.


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Cottingham also provides an updated introduction, together with a substantially revised bibliography, taking into account recent literature and developments in Descartes studies. From a great light in the intellect, says Dewcartes in the Fourth Meditation, there follows a great inclination of the will; and the more I incline in a given direction, either because reasons of truth and goodness point that way, or because of divinely produced disposition of my inmost thought,64 the freer is my choice.

Descrates II ; but the result seems to me a classic case of more turning out to be less. Together with this interpretation goes an implicit critique of the Cartesian project so described — first that it was doomed to failure, and second that jobn was unnecessary to begin with.

Students of uohn philosophy have long had the benefit of dual-language editions, and the availability of such a resource for the canonical works of the early-modern period is long overdue.


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Hickson – – History joohn Philosophy Quarterly 28 3: My initial thought is that if an insane person perceives things as existing which do not, then they’re not real and therefore would god then become a deceiver using this reasoning?

Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy, published in Latin inis one of the most widely studied philosophical texts of all time, and inaugurates many of the key themes that have remained central to philosophy ever since.

Desecularizing him at least makes his approach consistent with a truth we have good reason to accept, namely that physics, however far it progresses, can never be cosmologically complete. John Cottingham, The Desecularization of Descartes descarres In his Synopsis to the Meditations, so far from insisting on the mdditations primacy of the thinking subject, Descartes emphasises on not one but two, equally ranked, items enjoying the utmost certainty and self-evidence: Cambridge University Press, ; Reviewed By.

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