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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For if you have been able to grasp it, what you have grasped is something other than God. Skip to main content. In expounding any great canonical philosopher of the past, it is understandable that an instructor would wish descartex give special attention to the arguments and theses that seem to have most relevance to current concerns. Instead so runs the argumentwhat science really needs is to become wholly naturalised and autonomous, aiming to provide the simplest and most elegant mathematical descriptions of the cosmos that are consistent with the data, and abandoning any confused aspirations for some absolute divine guarantee that the answers so produced are meditatipns right ones.

Pretty much it’s all working fine, relatively true, until we get to the third meditation–and what a doozy! Basically, when Descartes begins to talk about God, his argument goes underwater. Indeed, Descartes himself dispenses with it. See and discover other items: But such texts are often treated as little more than target practice offering the descrtes to show how great philosophers can produce flawed reasoning.


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Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections From the Objections and Replies

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Or there is his theory that since he is finite, limitable human existence, the idea of his unperfection must strictly follow from an example of the divine and perfect, a being whose example is great enough to cast the shadow of his imperfect existence. Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Is there purpose to my life?

Summa theologiae [], Part I, Question 2, article 3. Showing of 2 reviews. If you think about it as a mild mannered regular Joe, Descartes just simply fails to put any proofs positive on the table. Customers who bought this item also bought. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Cambridge University Press,Ch.

Coming to awareness of God by reflecting on the weakness of the human mind in confronting the infinite is of course an approach that is equally at home in Judaic or Islamic thought. Added to PP index Total downloads 7of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Oxford University Press, John Cottingham University of Reading. Find it on Scholar. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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The Routledge Guidebook to Descartes’ Meditations. If you’re not in a college class where you can find other minds to chew this with I would recommend reading journal articles or other writings from philosophers that responded in some way to the premise this author is putting forth.


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I imagine that this is one of those texts philosophy teachers love to come back to.

ISBN hb ; pb. Meditations on First Philosophy: But there is a deeper level of organic unity, which Descartes goes on to express by saying that the unified trunk of physics itself grows out of metaphysical roots.

Everything else here, though, is cottkngham, and it was ballsy just to attempt to define faith for all atheists in one piece of philosophy. Princeton University Press,p. Secularizing Descartes foists on him the dangerous fantasy of complete scientific autonomy.

The divine is best left for the divine, I think. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Ships from and sold by Amazon. No keywords specified fix it.

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Rather, just as in engaging in the process of thinking I am brought up against the impossibility of my not existing, so, in focusing on my idea of God, I am brought up against something which I can clearly touch in my thought, yet meditaions is clearly beyond me.

The boot is on the other foot.

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