The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes

The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes

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Between the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-80) and Rene Descartes (1596-1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters - thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence contains the only known extant philosophical writings by Elisabeth and reveals her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, and moral philosophy, as well as her keen interest in natural philosophy. The letters are essential reading for anyone interested in Descartes' philosophy, in particular his account of the human being as a union of mind and body, as well as his ethics. They also provide a unique insight into the character of their authors and the way ideas develop through intellectual collaboration. Philosophers have long been familiar with Descartes' side of the correspondence. Now Elisabeth's letters - never before available in translation in their entirety - emerge in this volume, adding much-needed context and depth both to Descartes' ideas and the legacy of the princess.
Lisa Shapiro's annotated edition, which also includes Elisabeth's correspondence with the Quakers William Penn and Robert Barclay, will be heralded by students of philosophy, feminist theorists, and historians of the early modern period.


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Details

Author(s)
Princess Elisabeth, Rene Descartes, Lisa Shapiro
Format
Paperback | 280 pages
Dimensions
153 x 228 x 16.76mm | 376g
Publication date
01 Jun 2007
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
ISBN10
0226204421
ISBN13
9780226204420
Bestsellers rank
76,193