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Meditations on First Philosophy,

Rene Descartes

ISBN 10: 1935238507 / ISBN 13: 9781935238508
Published by Richer Resources Publications, 2013
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Title: Meditations on First Philosophy,

Publisher: Richer Resources Publications

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Perfect Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Rene Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, first published in 1641, is one of the most famous and influential thought experiments in the history of ideas. In six meditations the author sets out a long and subtle argument describing his quest for certainty. Casting aside all knowledge that he can in any way doubt, he explores what he can know with absolute certainty. This exercise brings him to the famous conclusion: I am thinking; therefore, I am. Having established this basic truth, Descartes then proceeds to build an argument to demonstrate other certainties. These include the existence of God and of external material objects. The argument in the Meditations has frequently been criticized, even when it first appeared, but it remains a fascinating and influential work and an important introduction to modern philosophy. Not the least of its contributions to modern thought is the famous Cartesian dualism: the radical split between a natural world (including the human body) governed by mechanical laws and the human mind. This dualism is still a major problem (perhaps the major problem) in modern biology.

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Johnston, a retired professor of English, Classics and Liberal Studies living in British Columbia, is one of the most prolific, talented and diversified translators working today. Since the release in 2006 of Ian Johnston's new translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey, these and his other translated materials have become popular with students, teachers and others who ventured into the world of the classics. He is known for his powerful and direct style, and his ability to make the works accessible to the modern reader while remaining faithful to the original work. This unique talent is making his work increasingly the translations of choice for high schools, colleges and universities throughout the English-speaking world. While many have translated ancient Greek classic works into English, and many others have given us new and inspiring translations of Kafka, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Aristotle, Rene Descartes, Denis Diderot and Karl Marx, how many can be said to have successfully translated all of those mentioned, and more? It requires a unique and special talent to translate the work of so many in such a variety of languages and genres, and all with so intimate a translation that there have been greater than 18 million page viewings to the various works on this translator's website since it's inception. Thirty of Professor Johnston's translated works have been released to date in book form with plans for the release of all of his translated material over the next several years.

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