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Descartes' Cogito
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  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821667

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  • Perhaps the most famous proposition in the history of philosophy is Descartes' cogito "I think therefore I am". Husain Sarkar claims in this provocative new interpretation of Descartes that the ancient tradition of reading the cogito as an argument is mistaken. It should, he says, be read as an intuition. Through this new interpretative lens, Sarkar reconsiders key Cartesian topics. He demonstrates how Descartes' attempt to prove the existence of God is foiled by a new Cartesian Circle.

    • Anything on Descartes from Cambridge is going to be treated seriously
    • This is a provocative reading of Descartes' most famous argument
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    "...a very interesting and thought-provoking book that combines a systematic presentation and critique of the main ways of reading the cogito as an argument with a new approach to the Cartesian the author intended, a 'fresh perspective'." Philosophy in Review

    "Sarkar moves, with care and erudition, through several centuries of scholarly examination of the cogito; most convincingly, he builds the case for its importance to Descartes' philosophy as a whole.... Highly recommended." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521821667
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The prolegomena to any future epistemology
    2. The problem of epistemology
    3. The solution: cogito
    4. A skeptic against reason
    5. The five ways
    6. Cogito: not an argument
    7. The content of the cogito
    8. Memory, explanation, and will
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Husain Sarkar, Louisiana State University

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