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Descartes' Cogito : Saved from the Great Shipwreck

Descartes' Cogito : Saved from the Great Shipwreck - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0511055560

Cover of Descartes
ISBN13: 978-0511055560
ISBN10: 0511055560
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2003
International: No

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Descartes' Cogito : Saved from the Great Shipwreck - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0511055560

Husain Sarkar

ISBN13: 978-0511055560
ISBN10: 0511055560
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Perhaps the most famous proposition in the history of philosophy is Descartes' cogito 'I think therefore I am'. Husain Sarkar claims in this provocative new interpretation of Descartes that the ancient tradition of reading the cogito as an argument is mistaken. It should, he says, be read as an intuition. Through this new interpretative lens, the author reconsiders key Cartesian topics: the ideal inquirer, the role of clear and distinct ideas, the relation of these to the will, memory, the nature of intuition and deduction, the nature, content and elusiveness of 'I', and the tenability of the doctrine of the creation of eternal truths. Finally, the book demonstrates how Descartes' attempt to prove the existence of God is foiled by a new Cartesian Circle.

  • Anything on Descartes from Cambridge is going to be treated seriously
  • This is a provocative new reading of Descartes' most famous argument
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