Metascience 23 (2):243-247 (2014)

This is a revised and enlarged edition of Ariew’s well received 1999 collection, then entitled Descartes and the Last Scholastics. Ariew’s introduction usefully details all the changes and additions he has made. Just as the first volume was required reading for Cartesian scholars, this second, fifty percent larger and even better edition should replace the original on their bookshelves. Obviously, the volume is not a monograph, and so there is some repetition among the chapters. But, there is an overarching rationale and interpretive strategy rendering the volume a highly satisfying unity:…before asking what philosophers hold and why, we need to familiarize ourselves with the philosophical options open to them and the language used to express such options. We need to understand the meaning those terms had in that particular culture, the significance of various philosophical views for the culture, and so on. (11)The ‘options’ and ‘language’ Ariew has in view are those derived from conte
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