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Descartes's Fictions: Reading Philosophy with Poetics

Emma Gilby


Descartes’s Fictions traces common movements in early modern philosophy and literary method. This volume reassesses the significance of Descartes’s writing by bringing his philosophical output into contact with the literary treatises, exempla, and debates of his age. Arguing that humanist theorizing about the art of poetry represents a vital intellectual context for Descartes’s work, the volume offers readings of the controversies to which this poetic theory gives rise, with particular reference to the genre of tragicomedy, the question of verisimilitude, and the figures of Guez de Balzac and ... More

Keywords: early modern philosophy, poetics, tragicomedy, verisimilitude, imagination, method, error, providence, passion, René Descartes, Guez de Balzac, Pierre Corneille, Elisabeth of Bohemia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198831891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Gilby, author
Senior Lecturer in French, University of Cambridge