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Descartes a Very Short Introduction

by Tom Sorell

  • ISBN: 9780192854094
  • ISBN10: 0192854097

Descartes a Very Short Introduction

by Tom Sorell

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780192854094
  • ISBN10: 0192854097
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Description: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects -- from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative -- yet always balanced and complete -- discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject developed and how it influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all readers an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever area of study one deems important or appealing, whatever topic fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

Descartes is perhaps best known for his statement, "Cogito, ergo sum", the cornerstone of his metaphysics. But he did not intend the metaphysics to stand apart from his scientific work, which included important investigations into physics, mathematics, and optics. In this book, Sorell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of the new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his philosophies to support his discoveries in the sciences.

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