By Daniel Garber
This quantity collects a few of the seminal essays on Descartes via Daniel Garber, one of many preeminent students of early-modern philosophy. A relevant topic unifying the quantity is the interconnection among Descartes's philosophical and clinical pursuits, and the level to which those facets of the Cartesian software remove darkness from one another, a query hardly ever taken care of within the latest literature. This assortment could be a compulsory buy for any severe scholar of or specialist operating in 17th-century philosophy, background of technological know-how, or background of rules.
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Descartes does continue to build on first principles, to start with intuition (ultimately the cogito), and deduce down from there, from the more general and more metaphysical to the more specific. This, of course, is a feature of the order of reasons that M. Gueroult emphasized, and it looks a great deal like the constructive stage of the method. And his continued interest in experiment and observation show that he is still keenly aware of the problem of finding an appropriate path from intuition to the solution of particular problems in physics.
Though the stages of composition are difficult to distinguish with such exactitude, Weber’s arguments are often useful for dating particular passages of the Rules. I have also used datings suggested by John Schuster in his “Descartes’ Mathesis Universalis, 1619–28,” in S. ), Descartes: Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics (Sussex: the Harvester Press, 1980). 2 See Weber, La constitution, §§ 13, 55. descartes and method in 1637 35 The goal [finis] of studies ought to be the direction of one’s mind [ingenium] toward having solid and true judgments about everything which comes before it.
46 method, order, and certainty There is method in this procedure, to be sure, but the method is not the strict method of the Rules or the Discourse. In the method of his youth, the reductive step brings it about that the entire constructive step is sketched out, before the first deduction, and the construction follows directly the order as set out in the reductive step; this, indeed, is the main point of having a reduction, so that one will know how to perform the deduction, and this reductive step is the principal secret of the method, what makes it work.