Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes's Meditations by John Carriero

By John Carriero

Between Worlds is an authoritative remark on--and robust reinterpretation of--the founding paintings of contemporary philosophy, Descartes's Meditations. Philosophers have tended to learn Descartes's seminal paintings in an occasional approach, studying its therapy of person issues whereas ignoring different components of the textual content. against this, John Carriero presents a sustained, systematic analyzing of the total textual content, giving a close account of the positions opposed to which Descartes was once reacting, and revealing anew the solidarity, that means, and originality of the Meditations.

Carriero reveals within the Meditations a virtually non-stop argument opposed to Thomistic Aristotelian methods of brooding about cognition, and indicates extra truly than ever sooner than how Descartes bridged the outdated international of scholasticism and the recent one in all mechanistic naturalism. instead of casting Descartes's venture basically when it comes to skepticism, wisdom, and sure bet, Carriero makes a speciality of primary disagreements among Descartes and the scholastics over the character of knowing, the relation among the senses and the mind, the character of the man or woman, and the way and to what quantity God is cognized by means of people. by contrast historical past, Carriero indicates, Descartes constructed his personal conceptions of brain, physique, and the relation among them, making a coherent, philosophically wealthy venture within the Meditations and surroundings the schedule for a century of rationalist metaphysics.

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