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Method, Discourse, and the Act of Knowing

Evert van Leeuwen

in Essays on the Philosophy and Science of René Descartes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195075519
eISBN:
9780199853052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195075519.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The chapter presents a study of one of Descartes' most important works: the Discourse on Method. In many respects, the Discourse contains the outline of modern philosophy. Philosophically speaking, ... More


Augustine's Confessions and Descartes's Discourse

DONALD PHILLIP VERENE

in The New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the Life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239000
eISBN:
9780191679810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239000.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines Saint Augustine's Confessions and Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method in relation to Giambattista Vico's Autobiography. It investigates what light the Confessions might ... More


Dying to Know Descartes

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses Rene Descartes as an epistemologist. Descartes has become the villain in the drama of Western epistemology. His epistemological propping of his science became deeply important ... More


Language and Machine in the Philosophy of Descartes

Jean-Pierre Séris and STEPHEN VOSS

in Essays on the Philosophy and Science of René Descartes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195075519
eISBN:
9780199853052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195075519.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses Descartes' answers to two questions still being asked today: Can machines fully imitate the functioning and behavior of living things? Can machines think? Descartes answers the ... More


Mundus Est Fabula

Jean-Luc Nancy

in Ego Sum

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270613
eISBN:
9780823270651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270613.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter examines the relation between fable and truth in Descartes’s Discourse as well as in his shorter treatise The World. Once we distinguish the fable from what is merely imaginary or false, ... More


Larvatus pro Deo

Jean-Luc Nancy

in Ego Sum

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270613
eISBN:
9780823270651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270613.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The chapter examines the mode of presentation of Descartes’s method in the Discourse. What Descartes exposes in the Discourse is not so much a universal procedure to reach objective truth as himself, ... More


Conclusion: “no need of place”

Andrew Bozio

in Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198846567
eISBN:
9780191881763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846567.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The conclusion draws together the book’s major findings through a reading of Descartes’s Discourse on Method, focusing primarily upon the relationship between place and thought in the theorization of ... More


The Place of Deconstruction: A Conversation with Jean-Michel Rabaté

Derek Attridge

in Reading and Responsibility: Deconstruction's Traces

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640089
eISBN:
9780748652112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640089.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a conversation that took place by e-mail with Jean-Michel Rabaté on the question of deconstruction and place, initially written to be performed by him and the author at a ... More


Ego Sum

Jean-Luc Nancy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270613
eISBN:
9780823270651
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270613.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Published in 1979, Ego sum challenges, through a careful and unprecedented reading of Descartes’s writings, the picture of Descartes as the father of modern philosophy: the thinker who founded the ... More


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