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

Paperback - 01 October 2006
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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, Ren 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.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0226409554

ISBN-13: 9780226409559

Publisher: University of Chicago Press       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Format: Paperback | 384 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 22.86 x 15.34 x 2.18 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.54 Kg

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