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René Descartes: Principles of Philosophy

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Part of the book series: Synthese Historical Library (SYHL, volume 24)

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Of the Principles of Human Knowledge

    • Valentine Rodger Miller, Reese P. Miller
    Pages 1-36
  3. Of the Principles of Material Objects

    • Valentine Rodger Miller, Reese P. Miller
    Pages 37-77
  4. Of the Visible Universe

    • Valentine Rodger Miller, Reese P. Miller
    Pages 81-177
  5. Of the Earth

    • Valentine Rodger Miller, Reese P. Miller
    Pages 179-288
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 289-325

About this book

Descartes's Principles 0. / Philosophy is his longest and most ambitious work; it is the only work in which he attempted to actually deduce scientific knowledge from Cartesian metaphysics, as he repeatedly claimed was possible. Whatever the success of this attempt, there can be no doubt that it was enormously influential. Cartesian celestial mechanics held sway for well over a century, and some of the best minds of that period, including Leibniz, Malebranche, Euler, and the Bernoullis, attempted to modify and quantify the Cartesian theory of vortices into an acceptable alternative to Newton's theory of universal gravitation. Thus, the Principles is not only of inherent and historical interest philosophically but is also a seminal document in the history of science and of 17th Century thought. Principles of Philosophy was first published in Latin, in 1644. In 1647, a French translation, done by the Abbe Claude Picot and containing a great deal of additional material and a number of alterations in the original text, was published with Descartes's enthusiastic approval. Unlike some English translations of portions of the Principles, this translation uses the Latin text as its primary source; however, a good deal of additional material from Picot's translation has been included. There are several reasons for this. First, there is good evidence that Descartes himself was responsible for some of the additional material, including, of course, the Preface to the French translation.

Keywords

  • Cartesian
  • English
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  • Nicolas Malebranche
  • René Descartes
  • french
  • history of literature
  • history of science
  • human knowledge
  • knowledge
  • metaphysics
  • physics
  • reason
  • science
  • translation

Authors and Affiliations

  • Huron College, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

    Valentine Rodger Miller, Reese P. Miller

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: René Descartes: Principles of Philosophy

  • Book Subtitle: Translated, with Explanatory Notes

  • Authors: Valentine Rodger Miller, Reese P. Miller

  • Series Title: Synthese Historical Library

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-7888-1

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1982

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-90-277-1451-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-90-277-1754-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-009-7888-1

  • Series ISSN: 0082-111X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVIII, 328

  • Topics: Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Buying options

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USD 149.00
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  • ISBN: 978-94-009-7888-1
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  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book
USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)