A Very Short Introduction

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Rene Descartes (1596-1650) had a remarkably short working life, and his output was small, yet his contributions to philosophy and science have endured to the present day. He is perhaps best known for his statement 'Cogito, ergo sum'. By a mixture of 'intuition' and 'deduction' Descartesderived from the 'cogito' principle first the existence of a material world. But Descartes did not intend the metaphysics to stand apart from his scientific work, which included important investigations into physics, mathematics, psychology, and optics. In this book Tom Sorrell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approachto physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000, c1987
ISBN: 9780192854094
Branch Call Number: 194 Desca-S
Characteristics: 116 p. : ill. --


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