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A Reading of Descartes's "Meditations"
John Carriero, University of California, Los Angeles
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Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes's Meditations (Book)
Title: Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes's Meditations
Author: John Carriero
Abstract: This book is a careful reading of Descartes's *Meditations*, one of the truly formative works for the history of Western philosophy. The *Meditations* was written in a different intellectual milieu from our own. I try to recover enough of that intellectual setting to make the philosophical power of Descartes's seminal work available to modern readers. (This involves drawing extensively on St. Thomas Aquinas's theory of human cognition and his philosophical theology, in particular, his account of how and what human beings can know about God.) By using this context to illuminate Descartes's text, I show how a coherent, philosophically rich project emerges, one that was destined to set the agenda for a century of rationalist metaphysics.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Type: Single author monograph
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