ABSTRACT

This volume presents the excellent and popular translation by Haldane and Ross of Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy, an introduction by Stanley Tweyman which explores the relevance of Descartes' Regulae and his method of analysis in the Meditations, and six articles which indicate the diversity of scholarly opinion on the topic of method in Descartes' philosopy.

Chapter 1 Introduction, Stanley Tweyman; Chapter 2 Meditations on First Philosophy; Chapter 2a Synopsis of the Six Following Meditations; Chapter 2b Meditations on the First Philosophy in which the Existence of God and the Distinction Between Mind and Body are Demonstrated1In place of this long title at the head of the page the first Edition had immediately after the Synopsis, and on the same page 7, simply “First Meditation.” (Adam’s Edition.); Chapter 3 Excerpt from Replies to Objections II; Chapter 4 Descartes’ Use of “Demonstration” and “Deduction”, Desmond M. Clarke; Chapter 5 A Discourse on Descartes’ Method, Jaakko Hintikka; Chapter 6 A Point of Order: Analysis, Synthesis, and Descartes’ Principles, Daniel Garber, Lesley Cohen; Chapter 7 Professor Cottingham and Descartes’ Methods of Analysis and Synthesis, Stanley Tweyman; Chapter 8 Analysis in the Meditations: The Quest for Clear and Distinct Ideas, E.M. Curley; Chapter 9 The Ontological Proof within the Order of Reasons, Georges J.D. Moyal;