Descartes' Bones : A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason, Paperback / softback Book

Descartes' Bones : A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason Paperback / softback

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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.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 8pp b/w
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780349140186

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