Descartes and the Modern Mind

Albert G. A. Balz. Descartes and the Modern Mind. Yale University Press. 1952. 492pp.


The father of modern philosophy, as Rene Descartes is frequently called, once expressed the hope that his philosophy would be received “even among the Turks.”  As this book undertakes to make clear, there is a sense in which his philosophy has been universally influential, if not “received.”  The influences of his doctrines may be discerned wherever the Western intellectual tradition has penetrated.  There is symbolic fitness, then, in the fact that this Frenchman ended his days in Sweden, far from France and the Low Countries that had been his retreat.