A solid grasp of the main themes and arguments of the seventeenth century philosopher Rene Descartes is an essential tool towards understanding modern . Descartes: An Analytical and Historical Introduction. Front Cover. Georges Dicker . Oxford University Press, – Philosophy – pages. Descartes. This page intentionally left blank. Descartes An Analytical and Historical Introduction. SECOND EDITION. GEORGES DICKER. 1. Oxford University.

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This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. It is also crucial to the study of contemporary epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.

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This new edition of Georges Dicker’s commentary on Descartes’s masterpiece, Meditations on First Philosophyfeatures a new chapter on the Fourth Meditation and improved treatments of the famous cogito ergo sum and the notorious problem of the Cartesian Circle, among numerous other improvements and updates. Clear and accessible, it serves as an introduction to Georgrs ideas for undergraduates and as a sophisticated companion to his Meditations for advanced readers.

The volume provides a thorough discussion of several basic issues of epistemology and metaphysics elicited from the main themes and arguments of the Meditations. It also delves into the work’s historical background and critical reception. Dicker offers his own assessments of the Cartesian Doubt, the cogitothe causal and ontological proofs of God’s existence, Cartesian freedom and theodicy, Cartesian Dualism, and Dwscartes views about the existence and nature of the material world.


The commentary also incorporates a wealth of recent Descartes scholarship, and inculcates — but does not presuppose — knowledge of the methods of contemporary analytic philosophy. Meditation I and the Method of Doubt 1. The Cartesian Doubt 3. Is the Cartesian Doubt Self-Refuting?

Descartes’s “I am thinking, therefore I exist. The Certainty of One’s Own Thoughts 3. A Problem for the Cogito 4. The Substance Theory 5.

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A Reconstruction of the Cogito based on the substance theory 6. Critical Discussion of the Reconstructed Cogito 6. A defense of the unreconstructed cogito 8. Does the unreconstructed cogito require an additional premise? Descartes’s Conception of the Self Cartesian Dualism Notes 3.

The Criterion of Truth and the Existence of God 1. Descartes’s Criterion descaftes Truth 2. From the Idea of God to God 3. Error, Freedom, and Evil 1. The issues of the Fourth Meditation 2.

Error and the will 3.

Two possible objections 3. The coherence of Cartesian Freedom 5. Descartes’s troubling letter to Mesland 6. Error and evil 6. The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God 1. Descartes’s Ontological Argument 2. Critique of the Ontological Argument 2. Some Implications for Descartes’s System Notes 6: Dualism and the Material World 1.

The scope of Meditation VI 2. Descartes’s Proof of the Material World 4. Descartes on the Nature of the Material World 4. Dualism and the Problem of Interaction 6. An Analytical and Historical StudyDescartes: An IntroductionKant’s Theory of Knowledge: An Analytical IntroductionBerkeley’s Idealism: A Critical Examinationand of numerous journal articles.


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Choose your country or region Close. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Descartes An Analytical and Historical Introduction Second Edition Georges Dicker The book is accessible yet also develops its material deeply enough to interest advanced readers.

The book is useful as a teaching tool because of its clarity and accessibility. The book draws upon and references much contemporary English-language Descartes scholarship. New to this Edition: The new edition adds a full-scale discussion of the Fourth Meditation, including an original defense of Descartes’s account of freedom and a substantive discussion of the problem of evil.

Descartes: An Analytical and Historical Introduction

Georgees Idealism Georges Dicker. The Impossible Mark Jago. Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. Kant’s Theory of Knowledge Georges Dicker. The Spiritual Automaton Eugene Marshall. The Sources of Intentionality Uriah Kriegel. Ignorance and Moral Obligation Michael J. Mereology and Location Shieva Kleinschmidt. Space, Time, and Stuff Frank Arntzenius.