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
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.
The clarity. The sober tone.
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.
Keeping it Real
The book is a masterpiece of exposition and analysis. And it is way, way better than anything else I've read on Descartes.
better than Descartes, better than Russell
because it answers questions not just about the history, but also the substance of philosophy.
Russell's book on Leibniz, maybe, but better, more straightforward than that.
The discussion of foundationslism.
Man v world
This is for smart people; small minds will need a less analytical and more narrative approach, and are likely to rail against it with the standard impotence-based slogans of 'textual accuracy', which is code for 'dumb it down for me.'