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It's quite a stretch for the author to describe this book (snobbishly) as for a general audience. Anyone who comes to it without a recent study of the work of Descartes, as well... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Avid Reader
A lot of detail and for someone whose history isn't THAT good, a little daunting. But still very readable and very good.Published on March 14, 2013 by Larry Byrne
This book was a wonderful reading experience. It was a great mix of history, Descartes life, and his ideas. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Guitarman
Despite his life is not as interesting as his work -- and that was my impression after reading this biography -- this book is a good choice to know more about this little fella, a... Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Luis Mansilla
Grayling's history of the life, time and thinking of one of the world's most famous philosophers is informative, interesting and enlightening. Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Israel Drazin
I appreciate the efforts of A. C. Grayling to produce a book, DESCARTES The Life and Times of a Genius (2005), which pictures how intellectual efforts produced many of the changes... Read morePublished on August 22, 2008 by Bruce P. Barten
This book brings up a very intersting set of connections that seem to explain a lot. True to program this book's focus is on biography instead of philosophy. Read morePublished on May 25, 2007 by Amazon Customer
This is a very readable, enjoyable and informative book. Professor Grayling takes a lot of time putting Descartes into his proper historical context, which I think is essential to... Read morePublished on April 7, 2007 by Arthur C. W. Bethel