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Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy, the fundamental and originating work of the modern era in Western philosophy, is presented here in Donald Cress's completely revised edition of his well-established translation, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining its clear and accessible style.
- Series: Hackett Classics
- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company; 3rd edition (October 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872201929
- ISBN-13: 978-0872201927
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
The "thinking thing" meditating on god, soul and body
We are 1641, Descartes or “the thinking thing”, as he calls himself, is meditating about the existence of a god + telling apart soul and body. Medieval follies apart, the fun here comes from his ingenious methodology building the argument. First, he admits being aware of his ignorance therefore prone to errors. Second, he claims to be able to free his mind from senses and prejudices; also ready to demolish his own opinions given new evidences. Then he goes about defining what information his senses are providing to conclude that, in a senseless mind-set, the idea of god is still with him. I’m reading this in 2016, we know humans can’t reach such senseless state but Descartes is still very entertaining.
Fascinating as a backdrop for Protestant Christianity
A book well worth reading for anyone interested in the history of philosophy, but even moreso for those interested in Christian theology. Herein is the basis for most Protestant Christian interpretations of Jesus and the Bible. Descartes provides those who agree with him certainty about a discrete Self that has ‘free will,’ and a God who ‘is not a deceiver’ thus rendering our perceptions and rational thought trustworthy. I disagree with him most every step of the way, but it is a fascinating read given its impact on the historical development of philosophy and western religion.
One of the fathers of Dualism, or the belief that the body and soul are two different entities. Extremely complex to read, but fascinating at the same time.
I Think, Therefore, I Bought This.
Classic! I think, therefore, I am. Interesting meditations, a vital pillar in the structure of philosophy.
Sturdy for a paperback. Great price.
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I recommend this version of the work
For a classic work of philosophy, you just have to read it, so this review is simply of the kindle edition. It is formatted well, and appropriately had a table of contents. I recommend this version of the work.