The Philosophical Writings of Descartes

Published by Cambridge University Press in 1991.

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These three volumes provide a translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. They are intended to replace the only reasonably comprehensive selection of his works in English, by Haldane and Ross, first published in 1911. All the works included in that edition are translated here, together with a number of additional texts crucial for an understanding of Cartesian philosophy, including important material from Descartes’ scientific writings. The result should meet the widespread demand for an accurate and authoritative edition of Descartes’ philosophical writings in clear and readable modern English.

Volumes I and II provide a completely new translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. Volume III contains 207 of Descartes’ letters, over half of which have not been translated into English before. It incorporates, in its entirety, Anthony Kenny’s celebrated translation of selected philosophical letters, first published in 1970. In conjunction with Volumes I and II it is designed to meet the widespread demand for a comprehensive, accurate and authoritative edition of Descartes’ philosophical writings in clear and readable modern English.

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