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The world and other writings [electronic resource] / Ren�e Descartes ; translated and edited by Stephen Gaukroger.

By: Descartes, Ren�e, 1596-1650.
Contributor(s): Gaukroger, Stephen.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Cambridge texts in the history of philosophy: Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998Description: 1 online resource (xxxvi, 208 p.) : ill.ISBN: 0511001878 (electronic bk.); 9780511001871 (electronic bk.); 0511035799 (electronic bk.); 9780511035791 (electronic bk.); 9780511605727 (electronic bk.); 0511605722 (electronic bk.).Other title: World [Half title:].Uniform titles: Selections. English. 1998 Subject(s): Optics -- Early works to 1800 | Meteors -- Early works to 1800 | Physiology -- Early works to 1800 | SCIENCE -- Essays | SCIENCE -- Nanoscience | SCIENCE -- Reference | Electronic books | Optique | Histoire -- 17e si�ecle | Physiologie | Optica | Fysiologie | Meteoren | Descartes, Ren�e, 1591-1661. Monde | Optique -- Histoire | M�et�eores -- HistoireGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: World and other writings.DDC classification: 500 Other classification: 30.20 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The world and other writings. The treatise on light -- Discourse 2 of the Dioptrics -- Discourse 8 of the Meteors -- The treatise on man -- Description of the human body.
Review: "Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a skeptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, The Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, physical optics, and a cosmology, and The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from The Dioptrics and The Meteors, and the first English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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The world and other writings. The treatise on light -- Discourse 2 of the Dioptrics -- Discourse 8 of the Meteors -- The treatise on man -- Description of the human body.

"Descartes' The World offers the most comprehensive vision of the nature of the world since Aristotle, and is crucial for an understanding of his later writings, in particular the Meditations and Principles of Philosophy. Above all, it provides an insight into how Descartes conceived of natural philosophy before he started to reformulate his doctrines in terms of a skeptically driven epistemology. Of its two parts, The Treatise on Light introduced the first comprehensive, quantitative version of a mechanistic natural philosophy, supplying a theory of matter, physical optics, and a cosmology, and The Treatise on Man provided the first comprehensive mechanist physiology. This volume also includes translations of material important for an understanding of the work: related sections from The Dioptrics and The Meteors, and the first English translation of the complete text of The Description of the Human Body."--Jacket.

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The world and other writings by Descartes, Ren�e, ©1998
The world and other writings by Descartes, Ren�e, ©1998
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The world and other writings by Descartes, Ren�e, ©1998
The world and other writings by Descartes, Ren�e, ©1998
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