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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.
©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski
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By Menachem on 10-01-16

better than Descartes, better than Russell

Would you listen to Guide to Descartes' Meditations again? Why?

because it answers questions not just about the history, but also the substance of philosophy.

What other book might you compare Guide to Descartes' Meditations to and why?

Russell's book on Leibniz, maybe, but better, more straightforward than that.

Which scene was your favorite?

The discussion of foundationslism.

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

Man v world

Any additional comments?

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.'

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By SCOTT on 09-26-16

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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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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