Guide to Descartes' Meditations

  • by J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by Theo Holland
  • 0 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this work, Descartes' metaphysics and epistemology are clearly stated and assiduously analyzed. It is shown that Descartes' epistemic foundationalism is tenable, and that his mind-body dualism is correct if taken to concern the relationship of mentalistic (mind-related) data to physicalistic data, even though it is incorrect if taken to concern the relationship of mind per se to body per se. Descartes' analysis of causation is shown to be correct, notwithstanding the copious criticism to which centuries have subjected it. Descartes arguments for God's existence are clearly stated and, thereby, shown to be masterpieces of dialectical ingenuity.


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One Great Philosophy Analyzing Another

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is thorough and accurate, and it is a great book in its own right. Better than the Meditations, actually, since the epistemology put forth actually works, whereas Descartes' epistemology is the usual tired skeptical nonsense.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The clarity. The sober tone.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It had a disaffected, emotionally constricted quality that I did not always care for. But that was also the thing I liked about it; it was clean burning.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Keeping it Real

Any additional comments?

The book is a masterpiece of exposition and analysis. And it is way, way better than anything else I've read on Descartes.

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best book on Descartes

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

it is a concise and beautiful guide to knowledge-theory and to Descartes' views thereupon

Who was your favorite character and why?

it was non-fiction

What about Theo Holland’s performance did you like?

it was unadorned and easy to listen to

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

the distinction between foundationalism and coherentism

Any additional comments?

a brilliant book. people with small minds who need meaningless frills won't like it. people who like thought, as opposed to glop posing as thought, will like it. the author is meticulous in his reconstruction, and analysis of the descartes' arguments.

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- Max

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-29-2016