The A to Z of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy includes many entries on Descartes's writings, concepts, and findings. Since it is historical, there are other entries on those who supported him, those who criticized him, those who corrected him, and those who together formed one of the major movements in philosophy, Cartesianism. To better understand the period, the authors drew up a brief chronology, and to see how Descartes and Cartesianism fit into the general picture, they have written an introduction and a biography. Since everything cannot be summed up in one volume, a bibliography directs readers to numerous other sources on issues of particular interest.
About the Author
Roger Ariew is professor of philosophy at University of South Florida. He is the author of Descartes and the Last Scholastics. Dennis Des Chene is associate professor of philosophy at Washington University, Saint Louis. He is the author of Spirits and Clocks: Machine and Organism in Descartes. Douglas M. Jesseph is professor of philosophy at at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Squaring the Circle: The War between Hobbes and Wallis. Tad M. Schmaltz is associate professor of philosophy at Duke University. He is the author of Malebranche's Theory of the Soul: A Cartesian Interpretation. Theo Verbeek is professor of philosophy at the University of Utrecht. He is the author of La querelle d'Utrecht, Descartes and the Dutch: Early Reactions to Cartesianism (1637-1650).