Descartes's Rules for the Direction of the Mind

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edited by Errol E. Harris, introduction by W. D. Ross 124 pages, 1957 edition, Key Texts

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Descartes's Rules for the Direction of the Mind

Joachim, Harold H.

Taken from the original manuscripts of Joachim’s lectures on the Regulae of Descartes, this volume was reconstructed after his death from notes taken by his pupils Errol Harris and John Austin. A critical examination of the main rules for the direction of the mind and the expositions by which Descartes explains them, the work contains commentary on five main topics: the power of knowing, the nature of the intellect, Descartes’s account of induction and deduction, Descartes’s method of analysis and synthesis, and the notice of vera mathesis. Joachim then goes on to criticize Descartes’s method and to expound his own doctrine of philosophical analysis. The last chapter offers his own concrete organic unities in opposition to the Cartesian complex natures. “The reader . . . will be challenged to turn to Descartes and accompany Joachim through the appropriate Rules. This little book should be read by all students of Descartes.” – Mind