Descartes' Philosophical Revolution: A Reassessment

2015.11.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hanoch Ben-Yami, Descartes' Philosophical Revolution: A Reassessment, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 281pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.11.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hanoch Ben-Yami, Descartes' Philosophical Revolution: A Reassessment, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 281pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137512017. Reviewed by Dennis L. Sepper, University of Dallas Hanoch Ben-Yami begins his first chapter with the assertion that Descartes revolutionized philosophy and immediately asks two questions: which of his ideas were revolutionary, and how did he arrive at them? His standard for "revolutionary ideas" requires that they must be, first, new, and second, later adopted by most other philosophers; in addition, they should also have that vague quality of being revolutionary. Otherwise, there would not be this feeling of both a break with earlier traditions and an initiation of the Cartesian one, to which we belong (1). Looking to the Meditations, he quickly dismisses scepticism (present already in Greek antiquity) and its refutation (a commonplace effort in the early seventeenth. . .

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