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Descartes, René 1596-1650

Works: 5,909 works in 23,105 publications in 29 languages and 358,601 library holdings
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Classifications: B1848.E5, 194
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Discourse on method, and Meditations by René Descartes( Book )

2,791 editions published between 1060 and 2016 in 24 languages and held by 12,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rene Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. Many of Descartes' most radical ideas such as the disparity between our perceptions and the realities that cause them have been highly influential in the development of modern philosophy. from (August 22, 2011)
Meditationes de prima philosophia = Meditations on first philosophy by René Descartes( Book )

1,835 editions published between 1563 and 2015 in 19 languages and held by 8,365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The translation of the Meditations is taken from three sources: the second Latin edition of 1642, which was the first one printed from Descartes' own manuscript and under his own supervision, the first French translation of 1646 by Duc de Luynes, but read and approved by Descartes, and the second French translation by Clerselier. An attempt has been made in this translation to integrate these three versions into one complete and accurate edition by the use of brackets and parentheses. The reader may, by omitting the parentheses and brackets, have a translation which contains all ideas in the three versions. By omitting bracketed material, he will have a translation essentially that of the original Latin, and by omitting material in parentheses, that of the First French edition
Rules for the direction of the mind. Discourse on the method. Meditations on first philosophy. Objections against the Meditations and replies. The geometry. by René Descartes( Book )

328 editions published between 1790 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 3,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discourse on the method.; Meditations on first philosophy.;Objections against the meditations and replies.; The geometry
Philosophical works by René Descartes( Book )

76 editions published between 1911 and 2009 in English and held by 2,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The geometry of René Descartes : [with a facsimile of the first edition] by René Descartes( Book )

299 editions published between 1637 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 1,978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dl. 1 bevat: Geometria (p. 1-106); Notae breves / Florimondus de Beaune (p. 107-142); Commentarii / Franciscus a Schooten (p. 142-344); Appendix (p. 345-368); Additamentum (p. 369-400); Epistola prima / Johannes Hudde (p. 407-506); Epistola secunda / Johannes Hudde (p. 507-516); Epistola / Hendrik van Hevraet (p. 517-520). Dl. 2 bevat: Principia (p. 1-48); De aequationum natura / Florimondus de Beaune & Bartholinus (p. 49-152); Elementa curvarum / Johannes de Witt (p. 153-340); Tractatus / Franciscus a Schooten (p. 341-420); De centro / Stephanus Gillet (p. 1-8)
A discourse on method by René Descartes( Book )

151 editions published between 1850 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A philosophical and mathematical treatise
Compendium of music by René Descartes( Book )

196 editions published between 1650 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meditations on first philosophy : with selections from the Objections and Replies by René Descartes( Book )

46 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descarte's Meditations on First Philosophy, published in Latin in 1641, is one of the most widely studied philosophical texts of all time, and inaugurates many of the key themes that have remained central to philosophy ever since. In his original Latin text Descartes expresses himself with great lucidity and elegance, and there is enormous interest, even for those who are not fluent in Latin, in seeing how the famous concepts and arguments of his great masterpiece unfold in the original language. John Cottingham's acclaimed English translation of the work is presented here in a facing-page edition alongside the original Latin text. Students of classical philosophy have long had the benefit of dual-language editions, and the availability of such a resource for the canonical works of the early-modern period is long overdue. This volume now makes available, in an invaluable dual-language format, one of the most, seminal texts of Western philosophy
Discours de la méthode by René Descartes( Book )

184 editions published between 1921 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical writings by René Descartes( Book )

50 editions published between 1954 and 1985 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book covers a remarkable amount of ground and has become something of a classic. Besides the Discourse and the Meditations, it contains Private Thoughts, the third set of Objections and Replies, most of the Regulae, parts of the Principia and the Dioptrics, together with crrespondence with Elizabeth, Princess Palatine, Mersenne and others
Descartes philosophical writings by René Descartes( Book )

8 editions published in 1958 in English and Undetermined and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treatise of man by René Descartes( Book )

10 editions published between 1972 and 2003 in English and French and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descartes : critical and interpretive essays by Margaret Dauler Wilson( Book )

19 editions published in 1978 in 4 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents material, most of it for the first time in English, that is requisite for any study of Descartes' moral philosophy and psychology. Descartes' reflections on moral philosophy and psychology were largely developed in correspondence with Princess Elisabeth (of Bohemia), Queen Christina (of Sweden), and Pierre Chanut (French Ambassador to Sweden). The portion of that correspondence dealing with moral philosophy and psychology thus constitutes the core of the present volume. I have also included the preface to the French version of Descartes' Principles of Philosophy. The Preface contains his views on education
Oeuvres et lettres by René Descartes( Book )

114 editions published between 1937 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Routledge philosophy guidebook to Descartes and the meditations by Gary C Hatfield( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Descartes and the Meditations will be essential reading for all students of philosophy, and for anyone coming to Descartes for the first time."--Jacket
The world and other writings by René Descartes( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a skeptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, The Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, physical optics, and a cosmology, and The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from The Dioptrics and The Meteors, and the first English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body."--Jacket
The correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes by Elisabeth( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618 80) and Rene; Descartes (1596 1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence contains the only known extant philosophical writings by Elisabeth, revealing her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, and moral philosophy, as well as her keen interest in natural philosophy. The letters are essential reading for anyone interested in Descartes s philosophy, in particular his account of the human being as a union of mind and body, as well as his ethics. They also provide a unique insight into the character of their authors and the way ideas develop through intellectual collaboration. Philosophers have long been familiar with Descartes s side of the correspondence. Now Elisabeth s letters never before available in translation in their entirety emerge this volume, adding much-needed context and depth both to Descartes s ideas and the legacy of the princess. Lisa Shapiro s annotated edition which also includes Elisabeth s correspondence with the Quakers William Penn and Robert Barclay will be heralded by students of philosophy, feminist theorists, and historians of the early modern period"--Publisher description
Descartes : his life and thought by Geneviève Rodis-Lewis( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in Danish and Undetermined and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This major intellectual biography illuminates the personal and historical events of Descartes's life, from his birth and early years in France to his death in Sweden, his burial, and the fate of his remains. Concerned not only with historical events but also with the development of Descartes's personality, Rodis-Lewis speculates on the effect childhood impressions may have had on his philosophy and scientific theories. She considers in detail his friendships, particularly with Isaac Beeckman and Marin Mersenne. Primarily on the basis of his private correspondence, Rodis-Lewis gives a thorough and balanced discussion of his personality. The Descartes she depicts is by turns generous and unforgiving, arrogant and open-minded, loyal in his friendships but eager for the isolation his work required. Drawing on Descartes's writings and his public and private correspondence, she corrects the errors of earlier biographies and clarifies many obscure episodes in the philosopher's life
Descartes by Tom Sorell( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 Sorell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences."--Jacket
Descartes : an intellectual biography by Stephen Gaukroger( Book )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Gaukroger argues that this was not intended as an exercise in philosophical scepticism, but rather to provide Descartes' scientific theories, influenced as they were by Copernicus and Galileo, with metaphysical legitimation. This book offers for the first time a full understanding of how Descartes developed his revolutionary ideas. It will be a landmark publication, welcomed by all readers interested in the origins of modern thought
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The geometry of René Descartes : [with a facsimile of the first edition]
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Meditationes de prima philosophia = Meditations on first philosophyRules for the direction of the mind. Discourse on the method. Meditations on first philosophy. Objections against the Meditations and replies. The geometry.The geometry of René Descartes : [with a facsimile of the first edition]A discourse on methodMeditations on first philosophy : with selections from the Objections and RepliesTreatise of manRoutledge philosophy guidebook to Descartes and the meditationsThe world and other writings