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Meditations on First Philosophy by DESCARTES, René

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After several years working on a treatise putting forth his mechanistic philosophy and physics, Descartes shelved the project when his contemporary, Galileo, was charged with heresy. That work, The World, was only published after Descartes’ death. It seems that Descartes must have had this, in part at least, in mind when writing his more famous philosophical works. This is especially clear in the Meditations, not only in the obsequiousness of the Letter of Dedication, but also in the specific mode of argument, which does not seek merely to found science upon grounds acceptable to religious authority, but to specifically found a mathematical science; one which clearly privileges mathematical demonstrations even over common sense judgments based upon everyday and constant experience. His Copernicanism, put forth posthumously in The World, would require just such a defense.The Meditations are a central work of early modern philosophy, and play a crucial role in the conceptual development of basic perspectives and problems in the Western tradition, including substance dualism, external world skepticism, and the modern notion of the subject.(Description by D.E. Wittkower)

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Letter of Dedication

12 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Letter of Dedication

Preface to the Reader

8 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Preface to the Reader

Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations

11 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations

Meditation I: Of the Things of which We may Doubt

16 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation I: Of the Things of which We may Doubt

Meditation II: Of the Nature of the Human Mind; And that it is More Easily Known than the Body

28 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation II: Of the Nature of the Human Mind; And that it is More Easily Known than the Body

Meditation III: Of God: That He Exists

46 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation III: Of God: That He Exists

Meditation IV: Of Truth and Error

23 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation IV: Of Truth and Error

Meditation V: Of the Essence of Material Things; And, Again, Of God; That He Exists

18 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation V: Of the Essence of Material Things; And, Again, Of God; That He Exists

Meditation VI: Of the Existence of Material Things, And of the Real Distinction Between the Mind and Body of Man

42 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation VI: Of the Existence of Material Things, And of the Real Distinction Between the Mind and Body of Man
the END

Latest Episodes

Letter of Dedication

12 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
Letter of Dedication

Preface to the Reader

8 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
Preface to the Reader

Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations

11 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations

Meditation I: Of the Things of which We may Doubt

16 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
Meditation I: Of the Things of which We may Doubt

Meditation II: Of the Nature of the Human Mind; And that it is More Easily Known than the Body

28 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation II: Of the Nature of the Human Mind; And that it is More Easily Known than the Body

Meditation III: Of God: That He Exists

46 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation III: Of God: That He Exists

Meditation IV: Of Truth and Error

23 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation IV: Of Truth and Error

Meditation V: Of the Essence of Material Things; And, Again, Of God; That He Exists

18 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation V: Of the Essence of Material Things; And, Again, Of God; That He Exists

Meditation VI: Of the Existence of Material Things, And of the Real Distinction Between the Mind and Body of Man

42 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Meditation VI: Of the Existence of Material Things, And of the Real Distinction Between the Mind and Body of Man
the END
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