Meditations on First Philosophy, Paperback / softback Book

Meditations on First Philosophy Paperback / softback

Part of the The Macat Library series


Rene Descartes's 1641 Meditations on First Philosophy is a cornerstone of the history of western thought.

One of the most important philosophical texts ever written, it is also a masterclass in the art of critical thinking - specifically when it comes to reasoning and interpretation.

Descartes sought to do nothing less than create a new foundation for the pursuit of knowledge - whether philosophical, scientific, or theological.

To that end, he laid out a systematic programme that reinterpreted prior definitions of knowledge, and reasoned out a systematic means of obtaining, verifying, and building on existing human knowledge.

To this end, Descartes created a definition of true knowledge as that which is based on things which cannot be called into doubt by radical scepticism.

If, he suggests, we can find a belief that cannot be called into doubt, this will provide a solid foundation upon which we can build systematic reasoning.

This `cartesian' method, as it has come to be known, is a blueprint for reasoning that continues to shape the study of philosophy today: a careful weighing of possibilities, searching out solid ground and building on it step by step.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Macat International Limited
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  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9781912127320

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