Discourse on the Method of Reason

  • by Rene Descartes, Israel Bouseman
  • Narrated by Bob Rundell
  • 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The course of modern philosophy has many contributors, but perhaps not as significant as Rene Descartes, whose work initiated the secular movement which now characterizes the entire field of Western philosophy. Cogito ergo sum. I think therefore I am. This was the singular truth which initiated the structure of thought built by Descartes. His work was the starting point for all of the philosophers which came after. He extended the use of reason and deduction into the natural sciences, and his work was the beginning of the climb out of the dark ages of faith and reasoning by authority. The Discourse on the Method of Reason was the first true work of skepticism, a foundation of doubt which allowed a critical re-examination of all that was previously held to be true. Descartes literally revolutionized both philosophy and mathematics, and this discourse provides the means by which he approached the tangle of contemporary thought and laid the foundation of rational understanding.
Includes: A brief background of the author and the work, overview, synopsis, and analysis historical context, criticisms, and social impact chapter-by-chapter summary, the full narration of the text. This audiobook is suitable for students of philosophy and for anyone interested in exploring Western philosophy and its origins.


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Discourse with a Noble Man of Past Ages

“...the perusal of all excellent books is, as it were, to interview with the noblest men of past ages, who have written them.”
― René Descartes, Discourse on Method

There are certain books that are hugely influential and fantastic reads. This one was hugely influential. In many ways modern science (and philosophy) owes a great deal to some of the frameworks, methods, and rationalities posited by Descartes in this book. Hell, even the idea of starting off skeptical and building from there owes a large debt to Descartes. It isn't, however, a perfect book. Some of his "proofs" of God and the immortality of the spirit are a bit shaky (like his understanding of the functioning of the heart). But those are quibbles, minor imperfections, in a work that probably deserves to stand next to classics such as: Darwin's The Origin of Species for biology, Newton's The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy for science, and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking for mainstreaming French cuisine.

I cook, therefore I eat.

When you reduce and clarify Descartes down, you are left with a lonely method of skimming off those things you can't prove, and a sticky relationship with God.

Bon Appétit!
Bon Pensées!
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- Darwin8u

The purpose

It was ok, average, short and sweet. Serves more of an introduction to people new on the subject of philosophy. Rene is defiantly a good place to start, and if the Lerner is in high school, even better. Altogether, it is nothing more then that, if you have a higher understanding of philosophy, then this is not for you.
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- Adolfo solorio

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-30-2014
  • Publisher: AudioLearn