Descartes' Bones : A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason Paperback / softback
Sixteen years after Rene Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris.
Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.
But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith.
Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 336 pages, 8pp b/w
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/05/2014
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780349140186
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