RENÉ DESCARTES (1596-1650): Meditations on First Philosophy in which are demonstrated the existence of God and the distinction between the human soul and body.
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- Front Matter
- 1: Selected Correspondence, 1619-1650
- 2: Discourse on the Method, 1637
- 3: Meditations on First Philosophy, 1641
- 4: Objections to the Meditations, and Descartes' Replies, 1642
- 5: Correspondence with Princess Elisabeth, 1643-9
- 6: Principles of Philosophy, 1644
- 7: Conversation with Burman, 1648
- 8: Passions of the Soul, 1649
- Back Matter