Descartes

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
Scientist, mathematician, traveler, soldier-and spy-Rene Descartes was one of the founders of the modern world. His life coincided with an extraordinary time in history: the first half of the miraculous seventeenth century, replete with genius in the arts and sciences, and wracked by civil and international conflicts across Europe. But at his birth in 1596 the world was still dominated by medieval beliefs in phenomena such as miracles and spontaneous generation. It was Descartes who identified the intellectual tools his peers needed to free themselves from the grip of religious authority and in doing so he founded modern philosophy.
In this new biography, A. C. Grayling tells the story of Descartes' life, and places it in his tumultuous times-with the unexpected result that an entirely new aspect of the story comes to light.
 

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Popular critic Grayling (philosophy, Birbeck Coll., Univ. of London;Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan ) provides an accessible ... Read full review

Contents

Who Was Descartes? I
1
The Awakening
11
A Night of Dreams
41
The Mystery of the Rosy Cross
69
Nine Years of Travel
89
Animals on the Moon
119
Francine
149
The Shape of Snow
157
The Princess of the Passions
195
The Queen of Winter
221
Appendix LA Note on Descartes Philosophy
237
Biographies of Philosophers
251
Notes
263
Select Bibliography
285
Index
291
Copyright

Descartes Contra Voetius
177

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A.C. Grayling is professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. Among his recent books are a biography of William Hazlitt, The Meaning of Things, and The Reason of Things. He writes a regular column for The Times of London.

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