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Author Descartes, René, 1596-1650.

Title The world and other writings / Rene ́Descartes ; translated and edited by Stephen Gaukroger
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998

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Description xxxvi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge texts in the history of philosophy
Cambridge texts in the history of philosophy.
Contents Machine derived contents note: The Treatise on Light -- Discourse 2 of the Dioptrics -- Discourse 8 of the Meteors -- The Treatise on Man -- Description of the Human Body
Summary Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a skeptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, The Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, physical optics, and a cosmology, and The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from The Dioptrics and The Meteors, and the first English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the French
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Subject Descartes, René, 1596-1650.
Meteors -- Early works to 1800.
Optics -- Early works to 1800.
Philosophy, French -- 17th century.
Physiology -- Early works to 1800.
Author Gaukroger, Stephen.
LC no. 98014404
ISBN 0521631580 (hardback)
0521636469 (paperback)
Other Titles Works. Selections. English. 1998
Half title: World