List of contributors; Chronology; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Descartes' life and the development of his philosophy Genevieve Rodis-Lewis; 2. Descartes and scholasticism: the intellectual background to Descartes' thought Roger Ariew; 3. The nature of abstract reasoning: philosophical aspects of Descartes' work in algebra Stephen Gaukroger; 4. Cartesian metaphysics and the role of the simple natures Jean-Luc Marion; 5. The Cogito and its importance Peter Markie; 6. The idea of God and the proofs of his existence Jean-Marie Beyssade; 7. The Cartesian circle Louis E. Loeb; 8. Cartesian dualism: theology, metaphysics, and science John Cottingham; 9. Descartes' philosophy of science and the scientific revolution Desmond Clarke; 10. Descartes' physics Daniel Garber; 11. Descartes' physiology and its relation to his psychology Gary Hatfield; 12. Descartes on thinking with the body Amelie Oksenberg Rorty; 13. The reception of Descartes' philosophy Nicholas Jolley; Bibliography; Index.
"...a collection of unusually fine papers...a valuable guide to contemporary interpretations of Descartes." Canadian Philosophical Reviews "The Cambridge Companion to Descartes is designed to provide an overview of the scholarly conversation about Descartes's writings and make them accessible without trivialization. This book admirably fills its purpose." Emily R. Grosholz, Isis