Descartes' Meditations is one of the most widely read philosophical texts and has marked the beginning of what we now consider as modern philosophy. It is the first text that most students of philosophy are introduced to and this guidebook will be an indispensable introduction to what is undeniably one of the most important texts in the history of philosophy. Gary Hatfield offers a clear and concise introduction to Descartes' background, a careful reading of the Meditations and a methodological investigation of its main themes. As with all the guidebooks, this is an exemplary companion to any reading of the Meditations.
Table of Contents
Preface. Abbreviations. Part One: Overview 1. Descartes' project 2. Reading the Meditations. Part Two: The Arguments of the Six Meditations 3. Withdrawing the mind from the senses 4. Discovering the nature of mind 5. Truth, God, and the circle 6. Judgement, error, and freedom 7. Matter, God, and the circle again 8. The natural world and the mind-body distinction. Part Three: Beyond the Meditations 9. The new science: Physics, physiology, and the passions 10. Legacy and contribution. Appendices. Table. Bibliography. Index.