Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes #2020

Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes Richard A. Watson Cogito Ergo Sum The Life of Rene Descartes Descartes s motto was that a life well hidden is well lived Much of his own life is obscure to us now which has led to tales of the great philosopher lying in bed meditating each morning until eleven

  • Title: Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes
  • Author: Richard A. Watson
  • ISBN: 9781567923353
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cogito, Ergo Sum: The Life of Rene Descartes Richard A. Watson Descartes s motto was that a life well hidden is well lived Much of his own life is obscure to us now, which has led to tales of the great philosopher lying in bed meditating each morning until eleven, writing verses for a Queen, and so on Many of these myths are exploded in Cogito Ergo Sum, the first biography published since 1920 based on extensive original archival anDescartes s motto was that a life well hidden is well lived Much of his own life is obscure to us now, which has led to tales of the great philosopher lying in bed meditating each morning until eleven, writing verses for a Queen, and so on Many of these myths are exploded in Cogito Ergo Sum, the first biography published since 1920 based on extensive original archival and field research It is also explicitly the life of Descartes, in the flesh and blood, not a compendium of technical analyses of philosophical positions found in life and works biographies so dear to contemporary professional philosophers In this sometimes idiosyncratic and iconoclastic book, impeccably researched but amazingly readable, Watson brings Descartes and his milieu to life as has never been done before Cogito Ergo Sum is certain to be the standard life of Descartes against which all future biographies will be judged.
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    1. 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. 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 i [...]

    3. 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 lots li [...]

    4. 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 focuses on the man than on his work, though you will get some discussion of his philosophy as well as of why he was so influential

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