Key Philosophical Writings, Paperback
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Translated by Elizabeth S. Haldane and G.R.T. Ross. Edited with an Introduction by Enrique Chavez-Arvizo.

Rene Descartes (1569-1650), the 'father' of modern philosophy, is without doubt one of the greatest thinkers in history: his genius lies at the core of our contemporary intellectual identity.

Breaking with the conventions of his own time and suffering persecution by the Church as a consequence, Descartes in his writings - most of which are philosophical classics - attempted to answer the central questions surrounding the self, God, free-will and knowledge, using the science of thought as opposed to received wisdom based on the tenets of faith.

This edition, the most comprehensive one-volume selection of Descartes' works available in English, includes his great essay, Discourse on Method.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: History of Western philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781853264702


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The first half of this book contains "Rules for the Direction of the Mind", "Discourse on the Method", and "Meditations on First Philosophy"; and honestly the first half is all I've read (and reread, and reread, etc.) This is some of the most logically thought out and clearly expressed philosophy you will find anywhere. Not only that, it covers all manner of significant topics such as the existence of things, our own existence, our own perception of our existence, God's existence, the extent to which it is possible to doubt, and so on. Reading this you will find that "I think, therefore I am" misses many of Descartes' most important and skillfully executed arguments. I highly recommend it!

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