Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes

Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes[Reading] ➻ Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes Author Richard A. Watson – Heartforum.co.uk Rene Descartes was a highly influential philosopher, mathematician, and scientist and is regarded as the Father of modern philosophy and mathematics This is the biography of Descartes, and it describe Rene Descartes was a highly influential philosopher, Sum: The PDF ↠ mathematician, and scientist and is regarded as the Father of modern philosophy and mathematics This is the biography of Descartes, and it describes the life of Descartes, in the flesh and blood, rather than a technical analysis of his philosophical, scientific, and mathematical ideas.

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  • Paperback
  • 375 pages
  • Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes
  • Richard A. Watson
  • English
  • 10 March 2019
  • 1567923356

10 thoughts on “Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes

  1. Raully says:

    This book is written with a very self aware white male biographer who inserts his cranky and rightfully skeptical historian self right into the text Given the tenuousness of the evidence at hand and the propensity to hagiography of other Cartesian biographers, I found the author s persona endearing and helpful More cynical readers might not.

  2. PABLO ANTONETTI says:

    Este libro es un ensayo biogr fico de la vida de Descartes Nos describe Watson, la brillantez de este personaje con sus manifiestos vigentes en la actualidad Abunda en los detalles y en las fechas lo que lo hacen algo pesado.

  3. Tlaura says:

    This beautiful book has made me feel all mushy about Descartes, something I never would have felt possible It s irreverent and laugh out loud funny in parts, like when Watson drily comments regarding Descartes missing three years tooling around Germany during the start of the Thirty Years War that previous biographers have helpfully placed him in several battles After surveying the evidence, Watson concludes pretty compellingly that Descartes likely spent most of those three years in Pari This beautiful book has made me feel all mushy about Descartes, something I never would have felt possible It s irreverent and laugh out loud funny in parts, like when Watson drily comments regarding Descartes missing three years tooling around Germany during the start of the Thirty Years War that previous biographers have helpfully placed him in several battles After surveying the evidence, Watson concludes pretty compellingly that Descartes likely spent most of those three years in Paris and its environs, and that few young men of philosophical or ecumenical leanings, like Descartes obviously had, would have willingly located themselves in Germany during that period Self conscious myth busting is usually a bad look in history of thought, often a mask for re tooling Great Man myths to fit modern conceptions of what a Great Man should have looked and thought like But Watson avoids that trap His Descartes is a grand, but imperfect, un modern, pious, frustrating, enigmatic, sometimes tragic figure.Still, there are parts of the book where I feel like I m reading in a foreign language In the somewhat absurdist introduction, Watson makes Descartes out to be one of the most despised figures in the history of thought, the bete noire of sentamentalists, new agers, environmentalists, self help gurus etc., basically of all modern merchants of woo who cling to fuzzy notions of meaning in a materialist world I m sure there are lots of examples of woo merchants and sentamentalists and certainly animal rights activists hating on Descartes But the huge amount of shade thrown at Descartes that I ve come across by Newton, by Leibnitz, by Voltaire, by Delambre, by all stripes of modern science historians is something quite different they hold variously that Descartes was a plagiarist, a sloppy empiricist and designer of useless grandiose theories, a jealous and uncooperative colleague, and or an overpraised jingoist symbol of French superiority, a dumb nationalism emblem There are many perfectly hard headed criticisms of Descartes and they have echoed through the centuries Watson doesn t touch them Rather, he at one point claims that Newtonian science, and Newton s and Leibniz calculus, both merely finished what Descartes started But virtually nobody saw Newtonianism as an outgrowth of Cartesianism before the 19th century Then Watson attributes the achievements of modern anatomy and medical research to Descartes and I have to scratch my head Vesalius, Platter, Harvey, Redi none were Cartesians or even mechanists And people certainly didn t need Descartes legitimization to torture animals for human benefit Harvey for one was doing it long before Descartes arrived on the scene.Still, none of this or some of Watson s factual mis statements, like that Galileo remained employed in Italy after 1616 as a fortifications engineer or that Mersenne was an outspoken critic of Aristotle really detracts from the beauty of the book As prose, as a celebration of a remarkable human life, it s funny and readable and audacious and humanizing The quite nice, and somewhat devastating, final chapter summarizes what Descartes got right and wrong from the standpoint of current neuroscience and philosophy of mind, which has, I think, very interesting implications for our concepts of morality, both towards each other and toward animals Overall, you won t learn too much about Descartes philosophy, his mathematics or his scientific achievements in his great Discourse on Method from this book But as straight up biography and historiography it is great, great stuff

  4. Mark Haag says:

    To begin, this is a Life of Descartes, not primarily a philosophical biography, even though Watson is a Professor of Philosophy Watson is an engaging writer he puts himself inside Descartes life and times More than that, he doesn t edit his thinking process overmuch he includes old anecdotes, family jokes, and snarky comments upon reading Descartes detailed description of a live dissection of a dog s beating heart, Watson merely comments Man s Best Friend That is good stuff, and there s lo To begin, this is a Life of Descartes, not primarily a philosophical biography, even though Watson is a Professor of Philosophy Watson is an engaging writer he puts himself inside Descartes life and times More than that, he doesn t edit his thinking process overmuch he includes old anecdotes, family jokes, and snarky comments upon reading Descartes detailed description of a live dissection of a dog s beating heart, Watson merely comments Man s Best Friend That is good stuff, and there s lotslike it.You will learn a lot about inheritance laws, social and medical conditions of the time, and above all, the political situation It is hard to keep the players straight and was apparently hard even for Descartes, who tried to live by the Motto A life well hidden is a life well lived , but got in trouble when we broke that motto to get closer to royalty If you believe religion is used today by leaders as a cynical ploy for power, you aint seen nothing.Watson is often ruthless with Descartes, and very critical of early hagiography That makes you trust him in his estimation of Descartes personal strengths An example that seemed important to Watson and me he seems to have done right by his illegitimate daughter something probably not frequently done in his time His introduction and conclusion give broad but clear overviews of Descartes philosophy and legacy You will understand why we are all Cartesians, and also why some feel that this a terrible mistake This writing is done with a pretty broad brush, however, and I found myself thinking the author wascareful about the historical details of Descartes life than he was in his explanation of the current mind body debate

  5. Andrew Pessin says:

    This is really wonderful It s beautifully written and gives you a very powerful feeling for the great man himself, and it happens to be very funny at times as well It focuseson the man than on his work, though you will get some discussion of his philosophy as well as of why he was so influential

  6. E.A.M. Van says:

    Deze, niet intellectuele, biografie van Descartes leest vlot weg, hetgeen misschien wel alles zegt Veel anecdotes, een aardig historiografisch overzicht van wat tot nu toe biografisch over Descartes geschreven is en min of meer gefundeerde gissingen over zijn persoonlijke leven Al met al best aardig, maar niet echt wat je mag verwachten van een biografie van een van de grondleggers van de moderne filosofie Dit mag Watson eigenlijk niet verweten worden, aangezien hij niet meer pretendeert dan Deze, niet intellectuele, biografie van Descartes leest vlot weg, hetgeen misschien wel alles zegt Veel anecdotes, een aardig historiografisch overzicht van wat tot nu toe biografisch over Descartes geschreven is en min of meer gefundeerde gissingen over zijn persoonlijke leven Al met al best aardig, maar niet echt wat je mag verwachten van een biografie van een van de grondleggers van de moderne filosofie Dit mag Watson eigenlijk niet verweten worden, aangezien hij niet meer pretendeert dan hij aflevert De auteur en zijn vrouw volgen Descartes omzwervingen door Europa, in het bijzonder door Nederland, en doen allerlei koddige observaties over ons Vaderland en zijn inwoners Dat gezegd hebbende, kan je natuurlijk je bedenkingen hebben bij een biografie waarin, out of the blue, op blz 165 vermeld wordt dat Descartes had a plan He was a man of immense self regard and of immeasurable ambition Aan de andere kant verdient Watson applaus voor de grappigste index sinds die van het Vaticaan In welke serieuze historische publicatie kom je nou index lemma s tegen als Breast, Madame Chevreuse s peeps out, 254 en wordt Goat direct gevolgd door God

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