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Harry M. Bracken

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ISBN 10: 1851682945 / ISBN 13: 9781851682942
Published by Oneworld/Viva Books Private Limited, 2007
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Description : This is an indispensable guide to the life and philosophy of Réné Descartes, one of the most controversial figures of his age, and the founder of modern rational thought. In lucid and accessible style, Harry M. Bracken provides a comprehensive overview of all the key themes, offering insight into the context of Descartes? own life, detailed analysis of his writings and a fascinating examination of the question: ?Why is Descartes the philosopher other philosophers love to hate?? Contents : In the Beginning ? On many occasions I have in sleep been deceived ? Some evil genius (not less powerful than decitful) has employed his whole energies in deceiving me ? But among these ideas, some appear to me to be innate ? I, first of all men, upset the doubts of the sceptics ? To the most sereneprincess elisabeth: I consider this work due to you ? grammar is to mind as geometry is to matter ? There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves ? Meaning is always a step away from anything you can observe in the world ? There never was a civilized nation of any other complexion than white ? Glossary ? Notes ? Bibliography ? Index Printed Pages: 160. Bookseller Inventory # 87726

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Title: Descartes

Publisher: Oneworld/Viva Books Private Limited

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

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The father of modern philosophy, Descartes is still one of the most widely studied philosophers today. Putting rationalism above all else, he sought to base all knowledge of the world on a single idea: I think, therefore I am”. This introduction expertly summarises his thoughts on the dualism of mind and body, his proofs” for God’s existence, and his responses to scepticism. Explaining how his life informed his philosophy, Bracken explains the philosopher’s enduring significance.

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Harry M. Bracken is Professor of Philosophy (Retired) at McGill University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University. In an academic career spanning over 50 years, he has lectures around the world, and is the author of several books and numerus articles on Descartes and related topics.

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