A Companion to Descartes
Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Editor: Janet Broughton
Editor: John Carriero
A collection of more than 30 newly commissioned essays, this volume surveys the work of the 17th-
century philosopher-scientist commonly regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, while integrating
unique essays detailing the context and impact of his work. Covers the full range of historical and
philosophical perspectives on the work of DescartesDiscusses his seminal contributions to our
understanding of skepticism, mind-body dualism, self-knowledge, innate ideas, substance, causality,
God, and the nature of animals Explores the philosophical significance of his contributions to
mathematics and science Concludes with a section on the impact of Descartes's work on subsequent
Janet Broughton is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of
California, Berkeley. She is the author of Descartes's Method of Doubt (2002).
John Carriero is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published
widely in early modern philosophy.
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