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Sixteen years after René 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.
BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Russell Shorto's Amsterdam.
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The types of discourse explored in “Descartes’ Bones” are so different that the book has built-in organizational problems.Oct 09 2008 | Read Full Review of Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal ...
Russell Shorto’s book considers Descartes’s reason alongside his embrace of religion.Nov 02 2008 | Read Full Review of Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal ...
Exhumed in order to transfer the bones from Sweden to Descartes' native France - "translation," reveals one of the book's engaging asides, was the technical term for the transfer of religious relics - the remains of the philosopher quickly fall prey to the covetous whimsy of early modern groupies...Nov 05 2008 | Read Full Review of Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal ...
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