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The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution : Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, And the Cultivation of Virtue (Hardcover)

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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, Rene 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.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226409542
SKU 202746534
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226409546
Release Date 10/1/2006
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0384
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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