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The Passions of the Soul and Other Late Philosophical Writings (Paperback): Rene Descartes The Passions of the Soul and Other Late Philosophical Writings (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Translated by Michael Moriarty
R311 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R63 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Those most capable of being moved by passion are those capable of tasting the most sweetness in this life.' Descartes is most often thought of as introducing a total separation of mind and body. But he also acknowledged the intimate union between them, and in his later writings he concentrated on understanding this aspect of human nature. The Passions of the Soul is his greatest contribution to this debate. It contains a profound discussion of the workings of the emotions and of their place in human life - a subject that increasingly engages the interest of philosophers and intellectual and cultural historians. It also sets out a view of ethics that has been seen as a radical reorientation of moral philosophy. This volume also includes both sides of the correspondence with Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, one of Descartes's keenest disciples and shrewdest critics, which played a crucial role in the genesis of The Passions, as well as the first part of The Principles of Philosophy, which sets out the key positions of Descartes's philosophical system. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings (Paperback): Rene Descartes Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Edited by John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch, Anthony Kenny
R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Based on the new and much acclaimed two volume Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes by Cottingham, Stoothoff, and Murdoch, this anthology of essential texts contains the most important and widely studied of those writings, including the Discourse and Meditations and substantial extracts from the Regulae, Optics, Principles, Objections and Replies, Comments on a Broadsheet, and Passions of the Soul.

Meditations on First Philosophy - with Selections from the Objections and Replies (Paperback): Rene Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy - with Selections from the Objections and Replies (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Translated by Michael Moriarty
R258 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R50 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'It is some years now since I realized how many false opinions I had accepted as true from childhood onwards...I saw that at some stage in my life the whole structure would have to be utterly demolished' In Descartes's Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, the thinker rejects all his former beliefs in the quest for new certainties. Discovering his own existence as a thinking entity in the very exercise of doubt, he goes on to prove the existence of God, who guarantees his clear and distinct ideas as a means of access to the truth. He develops new conceptions of body and mind, capable of serving as foundations for the new science of nature. Subsequent philosophy has grappled with Descartes's legacy, questioning many of its conclusions and even his basic approach, but his arguments set the agenda for many of the greatest philosophical thinkers, and their fascination endures. This new translation includes the Third and Fourth Objections and Replies in full, and a selection from the rest of these exchanges with Descartes's contemporaries that helped to expound his philosophy. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

A Discourse on the Method - of Correctly Conducting One's Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences (Paperback): Rene... A Discourse on the Method - of Correctly Conducting One's Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Translated by Ian Maclean
R194 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R37 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'I concluded that I was a substance whose whole essence or nature resides only in thinking, and which, in order to exist, has no need of place and is not dependent on any material thing.' Descartes's A Discourse on the Method of Correctly Conducting One's Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences marks a watershed in European thought; in it, the author provides an informal intellectual autobiography in the vernacular for a non-specialist readership, sweeps away all previous philosophical traditions, and sets out in brief his radical new philosophy, which begins with a proof of the existence of the self (the famous 'cogito ergo sum'), next deduces from it the existence and nature of God, and ends by offering a radical new account of the physical world and of human and animal nature. This new translation is accompanied by a substantial introductory essay which draws on Descartes's correspondence to examine his motivation and the impact of his great work on his contemporaries. Detailed notes explain his philosophical terminology and ideas. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Meditations, Objections, and Replies (Paperback, New ed): Rene Descartes Meditations, Objections, and Replies (Paperback, New ed)
Rene Descartes; Edited by Roger Ariew, Donald Cress
R385 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R56 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Among the strengths of this edition are reliable, accessible translations, useful editorial materials, and a straightforward presentation of the Objections and Replies, including the Objections from Caterus, Arnauld, and Hobbes, and Descartes' Replies, in their entirety. 'The Letter Serving as a Reply to Gassendi' - in which several of Descartes' associates present Gassendi's best arguments and Descartes' replies - conveys the highlights and important issues of their notoriously extended exchange. Roger Ariew's illuminating general Introduction discusses the Meditations and the intellectual environment surrounding its reception. Also included are a bibliography and chronology.

Discourse on Method (Paperback, annotated edition): Rene Descartes Discourse on Method (Paperback, annotated edition)
Rene Descartes; Edited by Andrew Bailey; Translated by Ian Johnston
R273 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R18 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Discourse on the Method for Reasoning Well and for Seeking Truth in the Sciences offers a concise presentation and defense of Rene Descartes' method of intellectual inquiry - a method that greatly influenced both philosophical and scientific reasoning in the early modern world. Descartes's timeless writing strikes an uncommon balance of novelty and familiarity, offering arguments concerning knowledge, science, and metaphysics (including the famous ""I think, therefore I am"") that are as compelling in the 21st century as they were in the 17th. Ian Johnston's new translation of the original French text is modern, clear, and thoroughly annotated, ideal for readers unfamiliar with Descartes' intellectual context. An approachable introduction engages both the historical and the philosophical aspects of the text, helping the reader to understand the concepts and arguments contained therein.

Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback, 4th edition): Rene Descartes Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Paperback, 4th edition)
Rene Descartes; Translated by Donald A Cress
R326 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R47 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This edition contains Donald Cress's completely revised translation of the Meditations (from the corrected Latin edition) and recent corrections to Discourse on Method , bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining the clear and accessible style of a classic teaching edition.

Key Philosophical Writings (Paperback): Rene Descartes Key Philosophical Writings (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Translated by Elizabeth S. Haldane, G. R. T Ross; Edited by Enrique Chavez-Arvizo; Introduction by Enrique Chavez-Arvizo; Series edited by …
R126 R107 Discovery Miles 1 070 Save R19 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Translated by Elizabeth S. Haldane and G.R.T. Ross. Edited with an Introduction by Enrique Chavez-Arvizo. Rene Descartes (1569-1650), the 'father' of modern philosophy, is without doubt one of the greatest thinkers in history: his genius lies at the core of our contemporary intellectual identity. Breaking with the conventions of his own time and suffering persecution by the Church as a consequence, Descartes in his writings - most of which are philosophical classics - attempted to answer the central questions surrounding the self, God, free-will and knowledge, using the science of thought as opposed to received wisdom based on the tenets of faith. This edition, the most comprehensive one-volume selection of Descartes' works available in English, includes his great essay, Discourse on Method.

Meditations on First Philosophy (1642) (Paperback): Rene Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy (1642) (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Edited by Andrew Bailey; Translated by Ian Johnston
R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Considered a foundational text in modern philosophy, the Meditations on First Philosophy presents numerous powerful arguments that to this day influence debates in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. This new translation incorporates revisions from the second Latin edition (1642) and the later French translation (1647) to make Descartes' reasoning as lucid and engaging as possible. Also included in this edition is a brief introduction to Descartes and the Meditations, revised and expanded from Andrew Bailey's acclaimed anthology, First Philosophy. The introduction helps the reader to understand the context and purpose of Descartes' project without over-explaining his arguments.

Meditations (Paperback): Rene Descartes Meditations (Paperback)
Rene Descartes
R140 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R26 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Widely regarded as the father of modern Western philosophy, Descartes sought to look beyond established ideas and create a thought system based on reason. In this profound work he meditates on doubt, the human soul, God, truth and the nature of existence itself. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Hardcover, 4th edition): Rene Descartes Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Hardcover, 4th edition)
Rene Descartes; Translated by Donald A Cress
R840 R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Save R166 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new edition contains Donald Cress's completely revised translation of the Meditations (from the corrected Latin edition) and recent corrections to Discourse on Method, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining the clear and accessible style of a classic teaching edition.

Passions of the Soul (Paperback, New Ed): Rene Descartes Passions of the Soul (Paperback, New Ed)
Rene Descartes; Translated by S. H. Voss
R494 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R78 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Translator's Introduction Introduction by Genevieve Rodis-Lewis The Passions of the Sou l: Preface PART I: About the Passions in General, and Incidentally about the Entire Nature of Man PART II: About the Number and Order of the Passions, and the Explanation of the Six Primitives PART III: About the Particular Passions Lexicon: Index to Lexicon Bibliography Index Index Locorum

Oeuvres de Descartes. [volume 10] ( d.1824-1826) (French, Paperback): Rene Descartes Oeuvres de Descartes. [volume 10] ( d.1824-1826) (French, Paperback)
Rene Descartes
R820 Discovery Miles 8 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Oeuvres Choisies (Ed.1879) (French, Paperback): Rene Descartes Oeuvres Choisies (Ed.1879) (French, Paperback)
Rene Descartes
R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Lettres de M. Descartes, Qui Traitent de Plusieurs Belles Questions Concernant La Morale. T. 3 - , La Physique, La Ma(c)Decine... Lettres de M. Descartes, Qui Traitent de Plusieurs Belles Questions Concernant La Morale. T. 3 - , La Physique, La Ma(c)Decine Et Les Matha(c)Matiques... (French, Paperback)
Rene Descartes
R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Le Monde de MR Descartes, Ou Le Trait  de la Lumi re ( d.1664) (French, Paperback, 1664 ed.): Rene Descartes Le Monde de MR Descartes, Ou Le Trait de la Lumi re ( d.1664) (French, Paperback, 1664 ed.)
Rene Descartes
R603 Discovery Miles 6 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Meditations, Objections, and Replies (Hardcover): Rene Descartes Meditations, Objections, and Replies (Hardcover)
Rene Descartes; Edited by Roger Ariew, Donald Cress
R1,137 R930 Discovery Miles 9 300 Save R207 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Among the strengths of this edition are reliable, accessible translations, useful editorial materials, and a straightforward presentation of the Objections and Replies, including the Objections from Caterus, Arnauld, and Hobbes, and Descartes' Replies, in their entirety. 'The Letter Serving as a Reply to Gassendi' - in which several of Descartes' associates present Gassendi's best arguments and Descartes' replies - conveys the highlights and important issues of their notoriously extended exchange. Roger Ariew's illuminating general introduction discusses the Meditations and the intellectual environment surrounding its reception. Also included are a bibliography and chronology.

Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings (Paperback): Rene Descartes Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Translated by Desmond M. Clarke
R279 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R52 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

‘I shall imagine myself as if I had no hands, no eyes, no flesh, no blood, no senses at all’

Descartes was prepared to go to any lengths in his search for certainty – even to deny those things that seemed most self-evident. In his Meditations of 1641, and in the Objections and Replies that were included with the original publication, he set out to dismantle and then reconstruct the idea of the individual self and its existence. In doing so, Descartes developed a language of subjectivity that has lasted to this day and also took his first steps towards the view that would eventually be expressed in the epigram Cogito, ergo sum (‘I think, therefore I am’), one of modern philosophy’s most famous – and most fiercely controversial – claims.

The first part of a two-volume edition of Descartes’ works in Penguin Classics, this edition includes extensive selections from the Objections and Replies, Part One of The Principles of Philosophy, Comments on a Certain Manifesto and related correspondence from 1643–9.

The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Ren? Descartes (Paperback, New edition): Princess Elisabeth of... The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Ren? Descartes (Paperback, New edition)
Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, Rene Descartes; Translated by Lisa Shapiro
R799 Discovery Miles 7 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Meditations on First Philosophy/ Meditationes de prima philosophia - A Bilingual Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Rene... Meditations on First Philosophy/ Meditationes de prima philosophia - A Bilingual Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Rene Descartes; Translated by George Heffernan
R868 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R313 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This bilingual edition of Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy is aimed both specifically at serious students and professors of philosophy, and generally at anyone motivated by a strong philosophical interest.

Discourse on Method and the Meditations (Paperback, New Impression): Rene Descartes Discourse on Method and the Meditations (Paperback, New Impression)
Rene Descartes; Translated by F. Sutcliffe
R249 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R48 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Descartes Discourse on Method has long been regarded as a seminal contribution to modern philosophy. We can now see that it is also one of the key texts in the 'scientific revolution' of the seventeenth century. René Descartes (1596-1650) did major research in optics, geometry, astronomy and physiology, although (partly because Galileo had just been condemned by the Inquisition) he published nothing until he was over forty. The Discourse forms the preface to his first collection of scientific papers (1637), sketching in a new method based on hypothesis and deduction which was soon to replace traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. This edition puts the work in context, by including extracts from Descartes' correspondence, the Rules for Guiding One's Intelligence and from The World - a posthumously published summary of his physical theories, which at one point in its chequered life had to be rescued from the river Seine. The age of Newton marks one of the great turning points in intellectual history; Descartes has a key place at its very heart.

Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking the Truth - Rene Descartes (Paperback): Rene Descartes Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking the Truth - Rene Descartes (Paperback)
Rene Descartes; Translated by G. R. T Ross, S Haldane
R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Discours de la M thode ( d.1896) (French, Paperback): Rene Descartes Discours de la M thode ( d.1896) (French, Paperback)
Rene Descartes
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Discours de la M thode Pour Bien Conduire Sa Raison Et Chercher La V rit  ( d.1894) (French, Paperback): Rene Descartes Discours de la M thode Pour Bien Conduire Sa Raison Et Chercher La V rit ( d.1894) (French, Paperback)
Rene Descartes
R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Discours de la M thode ( d.1840) (French, Paperback): Rene Descartes Discours de la M thode ( d.1840) (French, Paperback)
Rene Descartes
R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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