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Friday, February 26

Long Lost Descartes Letter Found

I just wrote a paper on him (and actually have a second one due soon comparing him to Bacon - ummm, Bacon). This is kind of thrilling seeing some new information about Rene Descartes.

Descartes Letter Found, Therefore It Is
The letter, dated May 27, 1641, concerns the publication of “Meditations on First Philosophy,” a celebrated work whose use of reason and scientific methods helped to ignite a revolution in thought.
The document, experts say, reveals just how much Descartes tailored his writings to answer his contemporary critics. Frequently suspected of heresy, Descartes sent copies of his arguments to well-known theologians to gauge their opinions and answer their objections within his text.
via The New York Times