1730 Science Physics Geometry of Rene Descartes /
Jesuit Rabuel / 282 FIGURES
Extremely Rare 1st ed Commentary on
Descartes / comp@$1600
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Main author: Rabuel, Claude, 1669-1728.
Title details: Commentaires sur la geometrie de M. Descartes /
par le R. P. Claude Rabuel, de la Compagnie de Jesus.
Published: A Lyons : chez Marcellin Duplain [De l'Imprimerie
de Claude Perrot], 1730.
Physical desc.: ,
590,  p.  folded leaves of plates ; 27 cm (4to).
René, 1596-1650. — Geometrie.
Other names: Duplain,
Perrot, Claude, [printer.]
Descartes, René, 1596-1650.
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René Descartes French pronunciation: [ʁəne dekaʁt]; (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650) (Latinized form: Renatus
Cartesius; adjectival form: "Cartesian") was a French philosopher,
mathematician, and writer who spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the 'Father of
Modern Philosophy', and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his
writings, which are studied closely to this day. In particular, his Meditations
on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university
philosophy departments. Descartes' influence in mathematics is equally
apparent; the Cartesian coordinate system — allowing algebraic equations to be
expressed as geometric shapes, in a 2D coordinate system — was named after him.
He is credited as the father of analytical geometry, the bridge between algebra
and geometry, crucial to the discovery of infinitesimal calculus and analysis.
Descartes was also one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution.
Descartes frequently sets his views apart from
those of his predecessors. In the opening section of the Passions of the Soul,
a treatise on the Early Modern version of what are now commonly called
emotions, Descartes goes so far as to assert that he will write on this topic
"as if no one had written on these matters before". Many elements of
his philosophy have precedents in late Aristotelianism, the revived Stoicism of
the 16th century, or in earlier philosophers like St. Augustine. In his natural
philosophy, he differs from the schools on two major points: First, he rejects
the analysis of corporeal substance into matter and form; second, he rejects
any appeal to ends—divine or natural—in explaining natural phenomena. In his
theology, he insists on the absolute freedom of God’s act of creation.
Descartes was a major figure in 17th-century
continental rationalism, later advocated by Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried
Leibniz, and opposed by the empiricist school of thought consisting of Hobbes,
Locke, Berkeley, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Hume. Leibniz, Spinoza and
Descartes were all well versed in mathematics as well as philosophy, and
Descartes and Leibniz contributed greatly to science as well.
He is perhaps best known for the philosophical
statement "Cogito ergo sum" (French: Je pense, donc je suis; English:
I think, therefore I am), found in part IV of Discourse on the Method (1637 –
written in French but with inclusion of "Cogito ergo sum") and §7 of
part I of Principles of Philosophy (1644 – written in Latin).
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