Socrates Meets Descartes: The Father of Philosophy Analyzes the Father of Modern Philosophy's Discourse on Method

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Ignatius Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Religion - 237 pages
This is the 5th volume in the series of popular volumes by Peter Kreeft, in which the "Father of Philosophy," Socrates, cross-examines various other important philosophers and thinkers (in previous books he examined Marx, Sarte, Machiavelli, and Socrates himself.)

Kreeft states that Socrates and Descartes are perhaps the two most important philosophers who have ever lived, because they are the two who made the most difference to all philosophy after them. These two fathers of philosophy stand at the beginning of the two basic philosophical options: the classical and the modern. Kreeft focuses on seven features that unite these two major philosophers and distinguish them from all others. So this dialog between Socrates and Descartes is a dialog between the fundamental stages in the history of philosophy, the history of consciousness, and the history of Western culture.

Like his other works in this popular series, this book is profound and witty reading that makes for an entertaining and insightful exploration of modern philosophy. It will appeal to both the common reader as well as to those more philosophically inclined.


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The Meeting
The Main Point
The Beginning
Is Philosophy a Science?
Descartes Hidden Agenda
Knowledges Goal
Who Can Use the New Method?
The Method Itself
Descartes Mathematicism
Descartes Provisional Morality
Universal Doubt 14 Step Two of Descartes Philosophical System I Think Therefore I
What I Am Descartes Anthropology 16 Step Four of Descartes Philosophical System The Criterion of Truth 17 Step Five of Descartes Philosophical S...
The Proof of the Existence of the Material World
Descartes and the Future of Mankind

The Search for Certainty
The Reason for the New Method
Descartes Legacy

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Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most respected Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

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