The essays in this volume form a commentary on Descartes' Meditations. Following the sequence of the meditational stages, the authors analyze the function of each stage in transforming the reader, to realize his essential nature as a rational inquirer, capable of scientific, demonstrable knowledge of the world. There are essays on the genre of meditational writing, on the implications of the opening cathartic section of the book on Descartes' theory of perception and his use of skeptical arguments; essays on the theory of ideas and their role of Descartes' reconstructive analytic method; essays on the proofs for the existence of God, on the role of the will in the formation and malformation of judgments; and the essays on the foundations of the science of extension and on Descartes' account of the union of mind and body.And he is not funny. II But the six days of the Meditations does not really end Descartesa#39; work. We might ask: What is the beginning, middle, and end of the book? Is Meditations on First Philosophy really just the core six days? Or does it includeanbsp;...
|Title||:||Essays on Descartes' Meditations|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 1986-01-01|