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The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes

by Princess, of Bohemia Elisabeth, Rene Descartes

Part of the Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series

The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes Synopsis

Between the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-80) and Rene Descartes (1596-1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters - thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence contains the only known extant philosophical writings by Elisabeth and reveals her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, and moral philosophy, as well as her keen interest in natural philosophy. The letters are essential reading for anyone interested in Descartes' philosophy, in particular his account of the human being as a union of mind and body, as well as his ethics. They also provide a unique insight into the character of their authors and the way ideas develop through intellectual collaboration. Philosophers have long been familiar with Descartes' side of the correspondence. Now Elisabeth's letters - never before available in translation in their entirety - emerge in this volume, adding much-needed context and depth both to Descartes' ideas and the legacy of the princess. Lisa Shapiro's annotated edition, which also includes Elisabeth's correspondence with the Quakers William Penn and Robert Barclay, will be heralded by students of philosophy, feminist theorists, and historians of the early modern period.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226204420
Publication date: 1st June 2007
Author: Princess, of Bohemia Elisabeth, Rene Descartes
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 280 pages
Categories: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900, European history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About Princess, of Bohemia Elisabeth, Rene Descartes

Lisa Shapiro is associate professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University.

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