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Starting with Descartes by C. Prado

Starting with Descartes

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Starting with Descartes by C. Prado

Rene Descartes was the founding father of modern Western philosophy and a pivotal thinker in the history of this fascinating subject. Covering all the key concepts of his work, Starting with Descartes provides an accessible introduction to the ideas of this enormously significant philosopher. Thematically structured, the book leads the reader through a thorough overview of the development of Descartes' thought, resulting in a more complete understanding of the roots of his philosophical concerns. Offering coverage of the full range of Descartes' ideas, the book explores his major work The Meditations on First Philosophy and his basic methodology of philosophical questioning. Crucially, the book introduces the historical context in which Descartes wrote and the major thinkers whose work proved influential in the development of his thought, as well as those he influenced.


Does the world need more monographs on major philosophers? It does when they are as well written as the 'Starting with

... The summaries and analyses of Descartes's Meditations presented by Prado (emer. Queen's Univ., Canada) are well done and a reliable guide to those unfamiliar with this French philosopher... Summing up: Recommended. -Choice Prado skillfully weaves together virtually the entire Western philosophical tradition, while illuminating Descartes
central role

... This slim book, which is a mine of information about central philosophical questions, should prove extremely useful. - Tom Rockmore, McAnulty College Distinguished Professor, Duquesne University, USA 'Prado [offers] helpful general advice on how to read a philosophical work and how to think philosophically ... would be helpful to college and university students struggling in an introductory philosophy course.' - Metascience Prado gracefully brings the resources of recent scholarship to the scrutiny of Descartes
still fascinating argument, the foundational work of modern philosophy. An indispensable help to student and teacher alike.

- Wallace Matson, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, USA Carlos Prado makes it clear that learning about Descartes is no purely historical exercise. A solid grasp of Descartes
thought is indispensable to understanding contemporary philosophy as well as one of the best ways of being introduced to the Western tradition of philosophical thought.

- Professor Barry Allen, McMaster University, Canada One thing I like very much about Prado's book is that he makes the case for both the claim that the Meditations are well worth reading, even some 350 years after they were written, and his belief in the greatness despite his many error... of Descartes as a philosopher.--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

C.G. Prado is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Queen's University, Canada. His previous publications include Starting with Foucault (Westview, 2000), A House Divided: Comparing Analytic and Continental Philosophy (Humanity, 2003), Searle and Foucault on Truth (Cambridge, 2006) and Choosing to Die: Elective Death and Multiculturalism (Cambridge, 2008).

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Publication date

9th June 2009


C. Prado

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


178 pages


History of Western philosophy



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