Descartes

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"Rene Descartes," by Mitch Francis

Descartes’ Discourse on Method

Selections from Descartes’ Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One’s Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences are from Jonathan Bennett’s translation. Some words on his practices: “[Brackets] enclose editorial explanations. Small ·dots· enclose material that has been added, but can be read as though it were part of the original text. Occasional •bullets, and also indenting of passages that are not quotations, are meant as aids to grasping the structure of a sentence or a thought. Every four-point ellipsis . . . . indicates the omission of a brief passage that seems to present more difficulty than […]

"Rene Descartes," by Mitch Francis

Descartes’ Passions of the Soul

Selections from Descartes’ Passions of the Soul is from Jonathan Bennett’s translation. Some words on his practices: “[Brackets] enclose editorial explanations. Small ·dots· enclose material that has been added, but can be read as though it were part of the original text. Occasional •bullets, and also indenting of passages that are not quotations, are meant as aids to grasping the structure of a sentence or a thought. Every four-point ellipsis . . . . indicates the omission of a brief passage that seems to present more difficulty than it is worth. Longer omissions are reported between brackets.”[oohcol] [commentary][phil writer=”Lalor”] Passions […]

"Rene Descartes," by Mitch Francis

Descartes & the Mind-Body Problem

Our translation of Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy comes from Elizabeth Haldane, The Philosophical Works of Descartes. Vol. II. 1934, pp. 32-3.[oohcol] [oohead class=”centerhead”]Descartes: Some Arguments for – and Explanations of – Dualism[/oohead] Here below are classic excerpts from Descartes’ Meditations in which he argues that the mind and body are distinct substances. His arguments depend on what’s now called Leibniz’s law: If a = b, then a must have all the properties b has; conversely, if b and a fail to share all properties, then they are not identical. Be sure you “see” how Leibniz’ law works here. [oohead […]

"Rene Descartes," by Mitch Francis

Descartes’ Meditations

This translation of Descartes’ 1641 Meditations is from the 1911 edition of The Philosophical Works of Descartes (Cambridge University Press), translated from the Latin by Elizabeth S. Haldane.1[avatars]Download an imperfect PDF of this page.[oohcol] [oohead class=”centerhead”]Introduction to Descartes’ Meditations[/oohead][phil writer=”Lalor”][commentary]Warning: The text you are about to read was placed on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1663 by Pope Alexander VII, just over a decade after the death of its author, René Descartes (1595-1650). As if that were not itself a significant enough achievement, here are but a few representative lines from his “résumé”: Listed under “Mathematician”: Contributed foundationally to […]