David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (1):159-161 (2007)
Richard A. Watson - Descartes: A Biography - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45:1 Journal of the History of Philosophy 45.1 159-161 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents Reviewed by Richard Watson Washington University Desmond M. Clarke. Descartes: A Biography. New York-Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp. xi + 507. $40.00. This is an excellent critical and contextual presentation of the development of Descartes's thought in its historical context. No recent biographer has done as well in providing names, dates, and outlines of the ideas and positions of thinkers contemporary with Descartes who influenced, criticized, and annoyed him. The persona that emerges from this study is that of an irascible, belligerent egotist of colossal proportions: a man who never admitted a mistake, who sometimes was almost clinically paranoid, who picked fights well beyond reasonable cause and need, who trashed two of the intellectual giants of his day , who tried to take credit for the conception of Pascal's experiment concerning the weight of the atmosphere (in fact, lots of people..
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stephen Gaukroger (1997). Descartes: An Intellectual Biography. Clarendon Press.
Hock Guan Tjoa (1977). George Henry Lewes: A Victorian Mind. Harvard University Press.
J. Max Patrick (1966). Francis Bacon. [London]Published for the British Council and the National Book League by Longmans, Green.
Anthony Quinton (1980). Francis Bacon. Oxford University Press.
Srinivasa Iyengar & R. K. (1985). Sri Aurobindo: A Biography and a History. Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.
J. Milton (1997). Review. Descartes: An Intellectual Biography. S Gaukroger. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (2):302-305.
John Henry Bridges (1914/1976). The Life & Work of Roger Bacon: An Introduction to the Opus Majus. Richwood Pub. Co..
Roger Ariew (1997). Two New Descartes. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 5 (1):165 – 173.
S. Gaukroger (2007). Review: Descartes, A Biography. [REVIEW] Mind 116 (461):155-157.
Added to index2010-08-10
Total downloads7 ( #217,372 of 1,692,744 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #182,244 of 1,692,744 )
How can I increase my downloads?