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Publisher's Summary

With more than 30 newly commissioned essays, A Companion to Descartes details in unparalleled depth the work of the seventeenth–century philosopher–scientist commonly regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. Alongside discussion of his seminal contributions to our understanding of skepticism, mind–body dualism, self–knowledge, innate ideas, substance, causality, God, and the nature of animals, the volume provides in several essays a unique orientation to the intellectual, religious, and scientific contexts that were important to Descartes’s work. Concluding with discussions of the impact of Descartes’s work on subsequent generations of philosophers, the essays in this volume offer fresh and distinctive scholarly perspectives on this giant of the history of modern thought.
Janet Broughton is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Descartes’s Method of Doubt (2002). John Carriero is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published widely in early modern philosophy.
©2013 Janet Broughton, John Carriero (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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By Pascale on 09-18-17


What disappointed you about A Companion to Descartes?

It was very boring. Not illuminating. Gratuitous and myopic scholarship.

Has A Companion to Descartes turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not really, but John Carriero's contributions to this volume were singularly poor, and did make question the legitimacy of this ever-growing--but steadily deteriorating---secondary literature.

Have you listened to any of Annie Wauters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She is an excellent narrator. I don't wasted

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Companion to Descartes?

Everything that John Carriero wrote. He is sooo boring.

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By Pema on 09-19-17


What disappointed you about A Companion to Descartes?

Very boring. Recycled material. Obscure, aimless.

What was most disappointing about John Carriero and Janet Broughton ’s story?

John Carriero cannot make a clear point. A wave numb washes over me during the parts he wrote.

Which character – as performed by Annie Wauters – was your favorite?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme disappointment, and a certain bitterness towards these supposed 'experts.'

Any additional comments?

The narrator was dignified and good. But this was not a good use of her talents.

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