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By René Descartes

Those volumes supply a totally new translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, in response to the easiest to be had Latin and French texts. They have been meant to switch the single kind of entire number of his works in English, by way of Haldane and Ross, first publsihed in 1911. all of the works incorporated in that version are translated the following, including a couple of extra texts the most important for an realizing of Cartesian philosophy, together with vital fabric from Descartes' medical writings. the end result should still meet the common call for for a correct and authoritative version of Descartes' philosophical writings in transparent and readable glossy English.

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All these considerations presuppose the significance of the phenomenon of modern philosophy without yet indicating what there is about it that holds our interest. Professional philosophers tend to take for granted a remarkable fact of popular life, namely, that the pre-eminent academic fame and influence of the Descartes–Kant–Nietzsche trio is matched by their popularity in the marketplace, where their books continue to sell better than those of contemporary professional philosophers. Readers of all kinds continue to be fascinated by them, but why?

After distinguishing these turns from the extreme positions of subjectivism and aestheticism, I argue that their growing significance can be connected with the continuing phenomenon of the historical turn, which, not coincidentally, began in the same era. It is only natural that at precisely the time that philosophy seemed to be becoming an increasingly autonomous form Introduction 29 of writing, not beholden to other fields such as theology, natural science, or mere belles-lettres, it needed to secure its own special subject matter and style.

I believe corroboration of this sort was provided for my earlier hypotheses about the role of the lectures as an indication of Kant’s metaphysics, and the role of Reinhold as a distorting influence in the immediate reception of Kant’s views. See the new Preface to Kant’s Theory of Mind, and Kant and the Fate of Autonomy, ch. 1. 36 Kant and After of a fruitful influence on systematic philosophy from developments in the study of the history of philosophy. This kind of interaction is becoming especially intense in our own time.

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