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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb compendium
The Anchor volume "The Rationalists" is a very handy one-volume compilation of the central texts of 17th Century Continental philosophy. Included are Descartes' "Discourse on Method" and "Meditations," Spinoza's "Ethics," and Leibnitz's "Discourse on Metaphysics" and the "Monadology." The only really...
Published on August 15, 2000 by Chosroes III

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Rationalists vs. The Empiricists
The contents of this book relates to the long debate between rationalism and empiricism. For a book on empiricism, see Dunn, John with J.O. Urmson, and A.J.Ayer (1992) "The British Empiricists;" New York: Oxford University Press. Kant tried to solve this debate with his Critique of Pure Reasoning. But, Kant failed.

The debate came to an end when a number of...
Published on April 5, 2005 by George Shollenberger


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb compendium, August 15, 2000
This review is from: The Rationalists: Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics (Paperback)
The Anchor volume "The Rationalists" is a very handy one-volume compilation of the central texts of 17th Century Continental philosophy. Included are Descartes' "Discourse on Method" and "Meditations," Spinoza's "Ethics," and Leibnitz's "Discourse on Metaphysics" and the "Monadology." The only really famous text excluded here is Spinoza's "De Emendatione," but the inexpensive Prometheus Books paperback of the "Ethics" includes that. This handsome, portable paperback allows one to explore the development of Rationalist thinking chronologically from Descartes to Leibnitz without suffering the bloody-chunks omissions imposed by most undergrad philosophy texts. And the absence of scholarly commentary thankfully allows the reader to immerse herself fully in the preoccupations of these thinkers without constant hectoring about how they "failed"; instead, each of these multifaceted thinkers can prod the reader on their own terms. This is a wonderful volume not only for the philosopher or student of philosophy, but for theologians, historians, and even artists-- these three have much to say that is still pertinent for any reflective person.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info on rationalists, March 18, 2010
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This review is from: The Rationalists: Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics (Paperback)
I just enjoy good philosophy and I enjoy reading about the past greats. And in -The Rationalists: Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics- one gets a heavy dose of philosopy, deductions, history and bio information that the reader will take great delight in. This is not a must buy, but for the steady reader, who enjoys reason, you should buythis book. It also makes a great gift for the intellectually curious friend. Read it with you spouse with Milton and Owen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, June 8, 2014
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This is a great collection. I think it should be purchased with its sister book, "The Empiricists." I didn't see any deals on both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, November 19, 2013
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This is a great book in helping understand the concepts of the subject so that you can do well in class!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, December 8, 2014
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Everything as represented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good :), August 14, 2014
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rationalists vs. The Empiricists, April 5, 2005
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This review is from: The Rationalists: Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics (Paperback)
The contents of this book relates to the long debate between rationalism and empiricism. For a book on empiricism, see Dunn, John with J.O. Urmson, and A.J.Ayer (1992) "The British Empiricists;" New York: Oxford University Press. Kant tried to solve this debate with his Critique of Pure Reasoning. But, Kant failed.

The debate came to an end when a number of linguists discovered (in the 1920s) that 'empirical data are primarily symbolic.' This discovery says that facts are not theory neutral. So, even police facts must be challenged to be sure that police theories of a crime agree with the crime facts. The same is true about a newspaper or TV report.

This book on Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz does not discuss the nature of rationalism and how it fits in the development of knowledge. I also found this book to be short on the thoughts of Leibniz, who challenged Newton's physical world. I recommend that readers expand their knowledge of Leibniz's work by seeking other sources of information. Including Leibniz's monadology in this book was important because his monads are becoming important in the current developments of modern creation theories.
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