Selections from the Principles of Philosophy

René DESCARTES (1596 - 1650), translated by John VEITCH (1829 - 1894)

The Principles of Philosophy, originally published in Latin in 1644, and translated to French in 1647, sets forth the principles of nature--the Laws of Physics--as Descartes viewed them. The book provides a systematic statement of natural philosophy and metaphysics, and represents the first truly comprehensive, mechanistic account of the universe. The Selections from the Principles of Philosophy contains the whole of the first part of the book ("Of the Principles of Human Knowledge"), as well as selections from the second ("Of the Principles of Material Things"), third ("Of the Visible World"), and fourth part ("Of the Earth") of the book. (Foon)

Genre(s): Philosophy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Letter of the Author, Serving for a Preface Foon
00:28:52
Play 01 Part I: Of the Principles of Human Knowledge I-XV Foon
00:12:57
Play 02 Part I: Of the Principles of Human Knowledge XVI-XXX Foon
00:14:09
Play 03 Part I: Of the Principles of Human Knowledge XXXI-XLV Foon
00:11:02
Play 04 Part I: Of the Principles of Human Knowledge XLVI-LX Foon
00:15:02
Play 05 Part I: Of the Principles of Human Knowledge LXI-LXXVI Foon
00:19:47
Play 06 Part II: Of the Principles of Material Things I-XIII Foon
00:15:12
Play 07 Part II: Of the Principles of Material Things XIV-XXV Foon
00:12:27
Play 08 Part III: Of the Visible World Foon
00:02:55
Play 09 Part IV: Of the Earth CLXXXVIII-CXCVII Foon
00:13:42
Play 10 Part IV: Of the Earth CXCVIII-CCVII Foon
00:16:58