Insight and Inference: Descartes's Founding Principle and Modern Philosophy (Toronto Studies in Philosophy)

Insight and Inference: Descartes's Founding Principle and Modern Philosophy (Toronto Studies in Philosophy)

By: Murray Miles (author)Hardback

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In this major re-examination of Descartes's founding principle, cogito, ergo sum, Murray Miles presents a portrait of Descartes as the Father of Modern Philosophy that is very different from the standard one. Viewing Descartes in both a historical and a systematic perspective, Miles presents a wealth of original analyses, arguments, and re-interpretations of key texts. The result is a fresh and illuminating account of Descartes's metaphysical project and theory of the mind. Descartes's achievement is a radical reversal of the order of knowing, a subjectivism that places knowledge of the mind ahead of knowledge of material things, yet is free of the metaphysical idealism that some of his successors went on to embrace. A meticulous, scholarly, and exhaustive analysis, this book provides a minutely detailed reading of each word of Descartes's founding principle, exploring in great depth the underlying epistemology and ontology. The book will fully repay a careful reading by any serious student of Descartes's philosophy.

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Murray Miles is a professor of philosophy at Brock University.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/10/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780802043153
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 600
  • ID: 9780802043153
  • weight: 922
  • ISBN10: 0802043151

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