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The Resource Descartes : an intellectual biography, Stephen Gaukroger

Descartes : an intellectual biography, Stephen Gaukroger

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Descartes : an intellectual biography
Title
Descartes
Title remainder
an intellectual biography
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Gaukroger
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is the father of modern philosophy, and one of the greatest of all thinkers. This is the first intellectual biography of Descartes in English; it offers a fundamental reassessment of all aspects of his life and work. Stephen Gaukroger, a leading authority on Descartes, traces his intellectual development from childhood, showing the connections between his intellectual and personal life and placing these in the cultural context of seventeenth-century Europe
  • Descartes' early work in mathematics and science produced ground-breaking theories, methods, and tools still in use today. This book gives the first full account of how this work informed and influenced the later philosophical studies for which, above all, Descartes is renowned. Not only were philosophy and science intertwined in Descartes' life; so were philosophy and religion. The Church of Rome found Galileo guilty of heresy in 1633; two decades earlier, Copernicus' theories about the universe had been denounced as blasphemous. To avoid such accusations, Descartes clothed his views about the relation between God and humanity, and about the nature of the universe, in a philosophical garb acceptable to the Church. His most famous project was the exploration of the foundations of human knowledge, starting from the proof of one's own existence offered in the formula Cogito ergo sum, 'I am thinking therefore I exist'
  • Stephen Gaukroger argues that this was not intended as an exercise in philosophical scepticism, but rather to provide Descartes' scientific theories, influenced as they were by Copernicus and Galileo, with metaphysical legitimation. This book offers for the first time a full understanding of how Descartes developed his revolutionary ideas. It will be a landmark publication, welcomed by all readers interested in the origins of modern thought
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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Gaukroger, Stephen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Descartes, René
  • Philosophers
Label
Descartes : an intellectual biography, Stephen Gaukroger
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 'A learned and eloquent piety' -- An education in propriety, 1606-1618 -- The apprenticeship with Beeckman, 1618-1619 -- The search for method, 1619-1625 -- The Paris years, 1625-1628 -- A new beginning, 1629-1630 -- A new system of the world, 1630-1633 -- The years of consolidation, 1634-1640 -- The defence of natural philosophy, 1640-1644, Melancholia and the passions, 1643-1650 -- Notes
Control code
30895233
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 499 pages
Isbn
9780198239949
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94031924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1656936
Label
Descartes : an intellectual biography, Stephen Gaukroger
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 'A learned and eloquent piety' -- An education in propriety, 1606-1618 -- The apprenticeship with Beeckman, 1618-1619 -- The search for method, 1619-1625 -- The Paris years, 1625-1628 -- A new beginning, 1629-1630 -- A new system of the world, 1630-1633 -- The years of consolidation, 1634-1640 -- The defence of natural philosophy, 1640-1644, Melancholia and the passions, 1643-1650 -- Notes
Control code
30895233
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 499 pages
Isbn
9780198239949
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94031924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1656936

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