A Discourse on the Method, 978-0-199-54007-5, 978-0-19-954007-5

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Издательство: Oxford University Press
Автор: Rene Descartes
Серия: Oxford World's Classics
Страниц: 160
Переплет: Мягкая обложка
Язык: Английский
ISBN: 978-0-19-954007-5
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I concluded that I was a substance whose whole essence or nature resides only in thinking, and which, in order to exist, has no need of place and is not dependent on any material thing. Descartes's A Discourse on the Method of Correctly Conducting One's Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences marks a watershed in European thought in it, the author provides an informal intellectual autobiography in the vernacular for a non-specialist readership, sweeps away all previous philosophical traditions, and sets out in brief his radical new philosophy, which begins with a proof of the existence of the self (the famous cogito ergo sum), next deduces from it the existence and nature of God, and ends by offering a radical new account of the physical world and of human and animal nature. This new translation is accompanied by a substantial introductory essay which draws on Descartes's correspondence to examine his motivation and the impact of his great work on his...