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Descartes: An Intellectual Biography

Stephen Gaukroger


Stephen Gaukroger traces the development of Descartes's thought in the social, religious, and intellectual context of seventeenth‐century Europe. Gaukroger describes Descartes's upbringing and his education at the Jesuit La Flèche collège, and shows the role these played in the development of his ground‐breaking work in philosophy and science. The book details the effects of his relationships with others on his work, both through collaboration and through conflict. It discusses the history of the composition of his major works and details their structure and content. It documents the correspon ... More

Keywords: body, cosmology, Descartes, dualism, mathematics, metaphysics, mind, natural philosophy, optics, passions, philosophy, scepticism, science, seventeenth century, theory of method

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198237243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Gaukroger, author
University of Sydney
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