s actually taught us, I had, in addition, read all the books that had fallen into my hands, treating of such branches as are esteemed the most curious and rare. I knew the judgment which others had formed of me; and I did not find that I was considered inferior to my fellows, although there were among them some who were already marked out to fill the places of our instructors. And, in fine, our age appeared to me as flourishing, and as fertile in powerful minds as any preceding one. I was thus led to take the liberty of judging of all other men by myself, and of concluding that there was no science in existence that was of such a nature as I had previously been given to believe.
I still continued, however, to hold in esteem the studies of the schools. I was aware that the languages taught in them are necessary to the understanding of the writings of the ancients; that the grace of fable stirs the mind; that the memorable deeds of history elevate it; and, if read with discretion, aid in forming the judg
The first fifteen pages provides some good old fashioned sophist fun.However, the rest is merely a distended advertisement for a treatise on physics which he says is going to change the world; it is actually kind of funny depending on how well you know Descartes. (He justified the beating of his dogs with the ideas in it).
Please excuse the lack of a full review, but I felt compelled to say just this:
What a forward thinking, decent and respectable chap. Listening to the audiobook (Lazy as one is) I couldn't help listening to the last chapter twice through, unable to believe this text was of a man of his time. Excellent example.
This is one of the most radiant discourses on philosophy ever published. Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method of Reasoning has been influential in shaping intellectuals' opinions even centuries after its publication. I certainly would not restrict my recommendation of this material to any person or group. I want to say, instead, that if you read this, it is to your own benefit. A strong recommendation.