Item description for Cartesian Views: Papers Presented to Richard A. Watson (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History) by Richard A. Watson & Thomas M. Lennon...
Many kinds of Cartesian views are treated by these papers: the views that Descartes held, views from our perspective on those views, views on Descartes held by his early critics and followers, and views that are Cartesian in outlook (not for nothing is Descartes still regarded as the father of modern philosophy.) These overlapping views provide the unity of this volume, and reflect the unity of Richard A.Watson's philosophical work. Not least among Watson's contributions has been his depiction of Cartesianism as a response to a set of problems within Descartes's philosophy. The later Cartesians were not slavish followers of Descartes. The contributors to this volume might be viewed as standing to Watson as the Cartesians did to Descartes.
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Richard A. Watson is a professor of philosophy specializing in Cartesianism at Washington University. In addition to a number of scholarly books, he has published a didactic trilogy: "The Philosopher's Diet: How to Lose Weight and Change the World, The Philosopher"'"s Joke: Essays in Form and Content, "and "The Philosopher's Demise: Learning French. "