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Descartes. the Philosophical Writtings of Descartes, Vol 2

Descartes. the Philosophical Writtings of Descartes, Vol 2

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Published by the Press Syndicate
of
the University
of
CambridgeThe Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge
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NY
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ambridge University Press
1984
First published
1984
Printed in Great Britain at The Pitman Press, BathLibrary
of
Congress catalogue number:
84-9399
British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Descartes, RenéThe philosophical writings
of
Descartes.Vol.
2
I.
Philosophy
1.
Title II. Cottingham, JohnIII. Stoothoff, Robert IV. Murdoch, Dugald
.
I94
BI837ISBN
o
521
24595
8
hard covers
ISBN
o
521
28808
8
paperback
I
PP
Contents
General IntroductionChronological table
of
Descartes’
life
and works
Meditations
on
First Philosophy
Translator’s preface
Dedicatory letter
to
the SorbonnePreface
to
the readerSynopsis
of
the following six MeditationsFirst Meditation:
What can be called into doubt
Second Meditation:
The nature of the human mind, and bow it
is
better known than the body
Third Meditation:
The existence of God
Fourth Meditation:
Truth and falsity
Fifth Meditation:
The essence of material things, and the
Sixth Meditation:
The existence of material things, and the
real
existence of God considered
a
second timedistinction between mind and body
page
vii
Objections
and Rep ies
Translator’s preface
First Set
of
ObjectionsAuthor’s Replies
to
the First Set
of
ObjectionsSecond Set
of
ObjectionsAuthor’s Replies
to
the Second Set
of
ObjectionsThird Set
of
Objections with the Author’s RepliesFourth Set
of
ObjectionsAuthor’s Replies
to
the Fourth Set
of
ObjectionsFifth Set
of
ObjectionsAuthor’s Replies
to
the Fifth Set
of
ObjectionsSixth Set
of
ObjectionsAuthor’s Replies
to
the Sixth Set
of
Objections
Appendix to the Fifth Set of Objections and Replies
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vi
Con ents
Seventh Set
of
Objections with the Author’s RepliesLetter to Father Dinet
The Search
for
Truth
Translators’ preface
The Search for Truth by means of the Natural LightIndex
302
384
3
99
400421
General Introduction
The aim
of
this two-volume edition is to provide a completely newtranslation of the philosophical writings of Descartes, based on theoriginal Latin and French texts. Although many of Descartes’ philo-sophical works are now available in English either individually or invarious selections, the only tolerably comprehensive edition remains thatof Haldane and Ross, which first appeared in 1911.’ But although it hascome to be regarded as the standard English edition, HR omits manyworks which are crucial
for
a full understanding
of
Descartes’ philoso-phy. The present work, by contrast, aims to be as comprehensive aspossible. Considerations of space have prevented us from being asinclusive as some, no doubt, would have wished; we have not, forexample, included any of Descartes’ letters, partly because an excellentselection is already available in English.2 But as well as including all theworks to be found in Haldane and Ross,
viz.
the
Discourse
on
theMethod, Meditations, Objections and Replies, Rules for the Direction
of
the Mind, The Search for Truth, Comments on
a
Certain Broadsheet,The Passions of the Soul
and selections from the
Principles of Philoso-phy,
we have also provided extracts from Descartes’
Early Writings,
from
The World, Treatise
on
Man, Optics
and
Description of the HumanBody;
our selection from the
Principles,
moreover, includes many articlesnot translated in Haldane and Ross. In general, we have construed theterm ‘philosophical’ in a fairly generous way,
so
as to include, as well asDescartes’ more celebrated metaphysical and epistemological works, afair selection of his scientific writings (on physiology, psychology, physicsand cosmology), which are likely
to
be of interest to students ofphilosophy and allied disciplines.Descartes wrote with equal fluency in Latin and French, and publishedin both languages; within his lifetime some of his Latin works weresubsequently translated into French, and some
of
his French works into
I
The Philosophical Works
of
Descartes,
tr. Elisabeth
S.
Haldane and
G.
R.
T.
Ross
z
Descartes, Philosophical Letters,
tr.
A.
Kenny (Oxford:
OUP,
1970;
repr. Oxford:(Cambridge: CUP, 1911; repr.
1931).
Blackwells, 1980).
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