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The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution: Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, and the Cultivation of Virtue

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Amid the unrest, dislocation, and uncertainty of seventeenth-century Europe, readers seeking consolation and assurance turned to philosophical and scientific books that offered ways of conquering fears and training the mind guidance for living a good life.

"The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution" presents a triptych showing how three key early modern scientists, Rene Descartes, Blaise Pascal, and Gottfried Leibniz, envisioned their new work as useful for cultivating virtue and for pursuing a good life. Their scientific and philosophical innovations stemmed in part from their understanding of mathematics and science as cognitive and spiritual exercises that could create a truer mental and spiritual nobility. In portraying the rich contexts surrounding Descartes geometry, Pascal s arithmetical triangle, and Leibniz s calculus, Matthew L. Jones argues that this drive for moral therapeutics guided important developments of early modern philosophy and the Scientific Revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-10: 0226409546

ISBN-13: 9780226409542

Publisher: University of Chicago Press       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Format: Hardcover | 384 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 23.11 x 16.05 x 2.72 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.67 Kg

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