Descartes' Meditation on First Philosophy (Briefly Series)
Briefly: Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy is a summary of Rene Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, which is designed to assist university and school-leaving students in acquiring knowledge and understanding of this key text in the philosophy of religion. The...
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Briefly: Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy is a summary of Rene Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, which is designed to assist university and school-leaving students in acquiring knowledge and understanding of this key text in the philosophy of religion. The book closely adheres to Descartes' text, enabling the reader to follow each development in the argument as it occurs. An introductory chapter provides a brief introduction to Descartes and the period in which he wrote and why Meditations on First Philosophy is so significant. Following the detailed summary is a short overview of the Meditations to aid memory. With suggestions for further reading and an extensive glossary of terms found in the Meditations, this book is a thorough introduction for those starting their study of Descartes' work. Book jacket.
Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy was published in 1641, designed for the philosopher and for the theologian. It consists of six meditations, Of the Things that we may doubt, Of the Nature of the Human Mind, Of God: that He exists, Of Truth and Error, Of the Essence of Material Things, Of the Existence of Material Things and of the Real Distinction between the Mind and the Body of Man. However many scientists were opposed to Descartes' ideas, even in his own lifetime. Although famous as a mathematician, his mechanics of how the world exists, were proven not to be possible by Newton. This did not stop his ideas being championed in Europe for over a hundred years. His philosophy is one that students cannot be without and this Briefly provides a thorough and accessible guide to one of his most important works.
David R Law is Reader in Christian Thought in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, at the University of Manchester, UK.