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Published: 17 April 2008

160 Pages


ISBN: 9780199540075

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A Discourse on the Method

of Correctly Conducting One's Reason and Seeking Truth in the Sciences

René Descartes
Translated by Ian Maclean

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new translation of a central philosophical text accompanied by a masterly and substantial introduction from the foremost Renaissance scholar Ian Maclean, designed to provide in-depth historical and philosophical context.
  • The long introduction is a feature of this edition and is written from a historical point of view, making it particularly accessible to non-specialists. It sets out to answer the questions: what brought Descartes to write what he did? And what did his first readers make of it?
  • The notes explain historical references and allusions as well as philosophical ideas and terminology.
  • The Discourse was written for a non-specialist readership, contains the famous 'cogito ergo sum' proof, and is an ideal introduction to Descartes for the general reader.

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