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Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

Tom Sorell

Publication Date - January 2001

ISBN: 9780192854094

128 pages
Paperback

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

Descartes is perhaps best known for his statement, "Cogito, ergo sum," the cornerstone of his metaphysics. But he did not intend the metaphysics to stand apart from his scientific work, which included important investigations into physics, mathematics, and optics. In this book, Sorell shows that Descarates was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of the new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his philosophies to support his discoveries in the sciences.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Reveals that Descarates was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of the new mathematical approach to physics
  • Exposes how Descarates developed his philosophies to support his discoveries in the sciences

About the Author(s)

Tom Sorell is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. His books include Knowledge and Descartes, both published by the Open University Press.