The Rationalists

Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadology & Discourse on Metaphysics

By Rene Descartes; Benedict de Spinoza; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385095402, 480pp.)

Publication Date: August 1960

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Founded in the mid-17th century, Rationalism was  philosophy's first step into the modern era. This  volume contains the essential statements of  Rationalism's three greatest figures: Descartes, who  began it; Spinoza, who epitomized it; and Leibniz,  who gave it its last serious expression.




About the Author
Ren? Descartes, known as the Father of Modern Philosophy and inventor of Cartesian coordinates, was a seventeenth century French philosopher, mathematician, and writer. Descartes made significant contributions to the fields of philosophy and mathematics, and was a proponent of rationalism, believing strongly in fact and deductive reasoning. Working in both French and Latin, he wrote many mathematical and philosophical works including The World, Discourse on a Method, Meditations on First Philosophy, and Passions of the Soul. He is perhaps best known for originating the statement I think, therefore I am.

Benedict de Spinoza (1632 1677) was a Dutch philosopher who was one of the great rationalists of the 17th century; his best known works are his "Theological-Political Treatise" and "Ethics".

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