Descartes: A Collection of Critical Essays

Willis Doney (editor). Descartes: A Collection of Critical Essays. Doubleday. 1967. 386pp.


With two exceptions, the studies of Descartes and Cartesian problems that are assembled here were written in English or by British or American philosophers. All of them were written after 1925, most of them fairly recently, and some have not been published before.  The two exceptions are Emile Brehier’s “ La création des vérités éternelles dans le système de Descartes” and P. H. J. Hoenen’s account of Descartes’s Mechanicism in his Cosmologia.  Both, which appear here in translation, contain interpretations that, to the best of my knowledge, are not represented in the rapidly growing literature on Descartes in English.  They also have an important bearing on problems that are now being discussed.  The discussions in general are now directed toward views and arguments in Descartes that have been of special concern to philosophers whose interest in Descartes has been related to, or has been conjoined with, their interest in the theory of knowledge and adjoining problems in metaphysics.