Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason (Paperback)
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Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason (Paperback)

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Sixteen years after Rene Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters. But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349140186
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 200 x 150 x 23 mm

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“Descartes' Bones”

A fascinating look at the enlightenment and it's impact on modern society and belief, using the controversies surrounding the loss and location of Descartes bones to illustrate several different aspects and... More

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