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Meditations on First Philosophy

with Selections from the Objections and Replies

René Descartes
Translated by Michael Moriarty

08 May 2008

ISBN: 9780192806963

336 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

In Descartes's Meditations, the thinker rejects all his former beliefs in the quest for new certainties. He develops new conceptions of body and mind to create a new science of nature. This new translation includes a wide-ranging, accessible introduction, notes and full selections from the Objections and Replies.

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In Descartes's Meditations, the thinker rejects all his former beliefs in the quest for new certainties. He develops new conceptions of body and mind to create a new science of nature. This new translation includes a wide-ranging, accessible introduction, notes and full selections from the Objections and Replies.

  • A new translation of one of the most influential texts in the history of Western philosophy, including substantial selections from the important Objections and Replies.
  • The translation pays particular attention to Descartes's terminology and style, with its elaborate but beautifully lucid syntax, careful balancing, and rhetorical signposting. It includes the Third and Fourth Objections and Replies in full, with extracts from the rest.
  • Wide-ranging and accessible introduction places the work in the intellectual context of the time and discusses the nature of the work, its structure, key issues, and its influence on later thinkers.
  • The notes clarify the text, indicate points of difficulty and nuances of Descartes's vocabulary.
  • The text is referenced throughout to the page numbers of the standard edition (Adam and Tannery) which all Descartes scholarship refers to.
  • The edition includes an up-to-date bibliography, chronology, and index.

About the Author(s)

René Descartes

Translated by Michael Moriarty, Centenary Professor of French Literature and Thought, Queen Mary, University of London

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