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A Discourse on the Method


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Introduction: A Philosopher's Life The Genesis of the Discourse and its Development Galileo, Mersenne, and the Church: Authority and Truth The Publication of the Discourse The Discourse Part Six: the Presentation of the Discourse Parts One and Two: Intellectual Autobiography Parts Two and Three: Precepts in Philosophy Part Four: Metaphysics and Epistemology Part Five: Physics and Physiology The Essays published with the Discourse Descartes as a Writer Envoi: the Cartesian Philosophical Edifice


...what sets this edition apart is its substantial introduction...its copious explanatory notes...The translation is clean and clear. Overall the work is to be recommended. Roger Ariew, Modern Languages Review, vol 102, part 1 'The care and accuracy of Ian Maclean's new translation are immediately apparentThis edition is remarkable for the ample introductory material which will be of great use to beginners and specialists alike[it] displays impeccable erudition and exemplary clarity.' s

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