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Descartes and the Modern

Descartes and the Modern (Hardback)

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Descartes is not simply our iconic modern philosopher, mathematician or scientist. He stands as the cultural symbol for modernity itself. As such, Descartes is widely read in and out of universities as the definitive moment in the birth of what we take to be the Modern. Yet, recent scholarship has presented numerous challenges to the Cartesian image. Some question the legitimacy of calling Descartes a founder of modernity. Others have questioned the very legitimacy of Modernity itself, using Descartes as a way into that critique This collection of original papers by leading philosophers and historians of early modern thought opens up these questions, exploring them in new and markedly interdisciplinary ways, offering fresh insights into the important relationship between Descartes and the Modern, and the very meaning and status of Modernity itself. This collection assembles together for the first time leading representatives from what might be called the "naturalist" or Anglo-American school with those of the continental "phenomenological" school in a dialogue concerning Descartes' place.

The papers explore crucial questions and recent disputes regarding Descartes' relationship to his predecessors, to his contemporaries and to modern thought, to the philosophy of mind, to questions of metaphysics and natural philosophy. Descartes and the Modern helps bridge solitudes drawn between these traditional approaches to Descartes.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 -Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900Western philosophy: Enlightenment Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/04/2007 ISBN-13: 9781847181527  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Neil Robertson, editor, (Early Modern Studies and Contemporary Studies, University of King's College) is the author of a number of articles dealing with contemporary critiques of modernity - particularly those by Leo Strauss, George Grant and John Milbank - as well as articles concerned with early modern French political thought. He is the co-editor (with David Peddle) of Philosophy and Freedom: the Legacy of James Doull (University of Toronto Press, 2003). Gordon McOuat , editor, (Director, History of Science and Technology Programme, Univeristy of King's College/ Dalhousie University) was Senior Research Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, 2001-2 and has published extensively on the history and philosophy of classification, logic and the rise of modern science. Tom Vinci, editor, (Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie) is the author of Cartesian Truth (Oxford U. P., 1998) and works on decision theory, metaphysics and early modern science. His most recent publication is "Mind-body Causation, Mind-body Union and the 'Special Mode of Thinking' in Descartes," forthcoming in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

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