Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Descartes’ Treatise on Man and its Reception

Editors: Antoine-Mahut, BP 7000, Delphine, Gaukroger, Stephen (Eds.)

  • Features 20 essays written by leading scholars that provide a detailed examination of L’Homme by René Descartes
  • Examines the early reception of the work as well as its influence on contemporary accounts of the role of physiology in understanding human perception and cognition
  • Offers readers an indispensible companion to early-modern physiology
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This edited volume features 20 essays written by leading scholars that provide a detailed examination of L’Homme by René Descartes. It explores the way in which this work developed themes not just on questions such as the circulation of the blood, but also on central questions of perception and our knowledge of the world.

Coverage first offers a critical discussion on the different versions of L'Homme, including the Latin, French, and English translations and the 1664 editions. Next, the authors examine the early reception of the work, from the connection of L'Homme to early-modern Dutch Cartesianism to Nicolas Steno's criticism of the work and how Descartes' clock analogy is used to defend two different conceptions of the articulation between anatomical observations and functional hypotheses.

The book then goes on to explore L'Homme and early-modern anthropology as well as the how the work has been understood and incorporated into the works of scientists, physicians, and philosophers over the last 150 years.

Overall, readers will discover how the trend over the last few decades to understand human cognition in neuro-physiological terms can be seen to be not something unprecedented, but rather a revival of a way of dealing with these fundamental questions that was pioneered by Descartes.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • The Story of L’Homme

    Antoine-Mahut, Delphine

    Pages 1-29

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  • The Primacy of L’Homme in the 1664 Parisian Edition by Clerselier

    Bitbol-Hespériès, Annie

    Pages 33-47

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  • New Indications for Critical Edition of L’Homme

    Meschini, Franco A.

    Pages 49-62

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  • L’Homme in English

    Gaukroger, Stephen

    Pages 63-67

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  • The Early Dutch Reception of L’Homme

    Schmaltz, Tad M.

    Pages 71-90

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 105,49 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-46987-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Descartes’ Treatise on Man and its Reception
Editors
  • Delphine Antoine-Mahut, BP 7000
  • Stephen Gaukroger
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
43
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46989-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46989-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46987-4
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 304
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations
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