The Philosophical Writings of Descartes by René Descartes, Visit Amazon's John Cottingham Page, search PDF

By René Descartes, Visit Amazon's John Cottingham Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, John Cottingham, , Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch

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Those 1985 volumes supply a translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, in line with the easiest to be had Latin and French texts. they're meant to interchange the single quite accomplished choice of his works in English, through Haldane and Ross, first released in 1911. the entire works incorporated in that variation are translated right here, including a couple of extra texts the most important for an knowing of Cartesian philosophy, together with vital fabric from Descartes' medical writings. the outcome should still meet the frequent call for for a correct and authoritative variation of Descartes' philosophical writings in transparent and readable glossy English.

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TO MERSENNE, JANUARY 1630 ATI I am sorry to hear that you have erysipelas and that M. M[ontais] is ill. 105 Please look after yourself, at least until I know whether it is possible to discover a system of medicine which is founded on infallible demonstrations, which is what I am investigating at present. As for the halo which is commonly seen around a candle, this has nothing in common with the corona which appears around stars, for there is no gap between it and the candle: it is simply ^secondary light coming from the rays which pass straight through the iris^; it is just like a ray of sunlight which lights up the inside of a room which it has entered through a small hole.

1 beg you to excuse me for writing to you in such a perfunctory way, and to consider that my letters might not be as long as they are, were they composed with greater care . . T O G O L I U S , 2 FEBRUARY 1632 I am very much obliged to you for your favourable judgement on my analysis, for I know very well that the greater part of it is due to your good manners. I have a somewhat better opinion of myself all the same, because I see that you have made a full examination of the facts before passing final judgement on it.

I trusted that truth expounded by an undistinguished mind would be stronger than falsehood maintained by the cleverest people in the world. As for the eternal truths, I say once more that "'"they are true or possible only because God knows them as true or possible. They are not known as true by God in any way which would imply that they are true independently of him*. If men really understood the sense of their words they could never say without blasphemy that the truth of anything is prior to the knowledge which God has of it.

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