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Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy

Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy by Stephen Gaukroger
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Towards the end of his life, Descartes published the first four parts of a projected six-part work, The Principles of Philosophy. This was intended to be the definitive statement of his complete system of philosophy, dealing with everything from cosmology to the nature of human happiness. In this book, Stephen Gaukroger examines the whole system, and reconstructs the last two parts, 'On Living Things' and 'On Man', from Descartes' other writings. He relates the work to the tradition of late Scholastic textbooks which it follows, and also to Descartes' other philosophical writings, and he examines the ways in which Descartes transformed not only the practice of natural philosophy but also our understanding of what it is to be a philosopher. His book is a comprehensive examination of Descartes' complete philosophical system.
Cambridge University Press; March 2002
268 pages; ISBN 9780511029486
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Title: Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy
Author: Stephen Gaukroger
 
ISBNs
0511029489
9780511029486
9780521808972