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

By John Carriero

Between Worlds is an authoritative remark on--and strong reinterpretation of--the founding paintings of recent philosophy, Descartes's Meditations. Philosophers have tended to learn Descartes's seminal paintings in an occasional manner, studying its therapy of person subject matters whereas ignoring different elements of the textual content. by contrast, John Carriero presents a sustained, systematic studying of the total textual content, giving an in depth account of the positions opposed to which Descartes was once reacting, and revealing anew the harmony, which means, and originality of the Meditations.

Carriero reveals within the Meditations an almost non-stop argument opposed to Thomistic Aristotelian methods of wondering cognition, and exhibits extra sincerely than ever sooner than how Descartes bridged the previous global of scholasticism and the recent one in all mechanistic naturalism. instead of casting Descartes's venture basically by way of skepticism, wisdom, and simple task, Carriero specializes in basic disagreements among Descartes and the scholastics over the character of realizing, the relation among the senses and the mind, the character of the person, and the way and to what volume God is cognized by way of people. by contrast history, Carriero exhibits, Descartes constructed his personal conceptions of brain, physique, and the relation among them, making a coherent, philosophically wealthy undertaking within the Meditations and surroundings the time table for a century of rationalist metaphysics.

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