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ISBN-13: 978-0521288088 ISBN-10: 0521288088 Edition: reprint

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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; reprint edition (August 30, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521288088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521288088
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A completely new translation of the works of Descartes is intended to replace the Haldane and Ross edition, first published in 1911. All material from that edition is translated here, with a number of other texts crucial for understanding Cartesian philosophy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Y. on August 28, 2011
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This volume includes a fantastic translation of Meditations on First Philosophy and includes a section of objections and replies.

I ordered this for an upper division philosophy class and found it very useful, however first time philosophy students, or for a "lighter" introduction would probably prefer the Oxford edition. Meditations on First Philosophy: with Selections from the Objections and Replies (Oxford World's Classics)

FYI: This is a very complex text. I'm not sure anyone can read this alone and properly understand the material without a professor guiding them through the text.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SimplyJohnR on August 29, 2010
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The translation is fine. The work is primarily Descartes' Meditations and numbered commentaries. While in the first volume a number of works are abridged in this one the texts are unabridged, which I appreciated.

I recommend reading the Meditations and reading them carefully. He presents the most artful proof of God that I have come across. Scrutinizing it's weak points is a joy and shouldn't distract you from his accomplishment - establishing the mind as a thing apart from corporeality. The only commentary worth reading is written by Hobbes. A few are so-so. There are a few lengthy commentaries that are awful. The commentaries were a fine idea in principle, but in practice they are challenging to sift through. There are a few lines that add light to Descartes' reasoning, but aside from Hobbes' they are not worth your time.
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By JL on September 25, 2011
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This is a fantastic resource for English speaking students and scholars. I've been really satisfied with all three volumes in this series.
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By John James on October 13, 2014
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