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New light on Descartes's philosophical starting-point: an unknown manuscript of the Rules for the Direction of the Mind

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The discovery of a hitherto entirely unknown manuscript of an early draft of RenĂ© Descartes’s first philosophical work, the Regulae ad directionem ingenii, places us in an unparalleled position to reassess the intellectual starting-point of the most important philosopher of the 17th century. This paper will introduce the new manuscript before going on to consider its significance for our understanding of Descartes’s earliest views on method, on the contribution of mathematics to philosophy, and on the nature of the mind.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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