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As Francis Bacon placed it at the frontispiece of his Novum Organum, grafting an apocalyptic imaginative and prescient on a learn software, multi pertransibunt et multiplex erit scientia. the advance of technology turns into gradually linked to the tip of earthly lifestyles, a subject matter that might resound deeply in Western concept up till Goethe s Faust. What grounds then the multiplicity of information? what's the universal trunk out of which all geographical regions of information spread, just like the burgeoning branches of the distinguished tree? After the Augustinian imprint of the 1st Christian centuries and after the admirable attempt of the excessive scholastics Aristotelian and Christian synthesis, the 17th century undertakes new clinical paintings with the necessity of a brand new regular flooring. all of the huge names of the trendy period, Francis Bacon, Galileo, Descartes, Robert Boyle, Spinoza or Leibniz, came across themselves engaged within the look for a typical trunk of knowledge, each one of them nourishing the intimate conviction that they possessed the philosophical middle which might fulfill the discovered males s newly stumbled on urge for food for indefinitely extending wisdom. In doing this, all of those masters had to confront the philosophical culture that they acquired, transforming and merging jointly the outdated buildings of technology via this epistemological prism of the hunt for the cohesion of data. (Vlad Alexandrescu) CONTENTS Vlad Alexandrescu: Foreword I. Faces of data Nathan Smith: Mathesis, arithmetic and process in Descartes s Regulae: A Reprise Elodie Cassan: Théorie de los angeles technology et body chez Descartes Vlad Alexandrescu: The double query of the individuation of actual our bodies in Descartes Roger Ariew: Descartes and Leibniz at the precept of Individuation Lucian Petrescu: Descartes and the interior Senses. On reminiscence and remembrance Stephen Gaukroger: The harmony of information: usual philosophical foundations of Spinoza s politico-theology Daniel Garber: Leibniz, Theology and the Mechanical Philosophy Sorana Corneanu: Locke at the research of Nature II. Mapping wisdom and Traditions Massimiliano Savini: l. a. Panacea Philosophica de Johann Heinrich Alsted: un projet architectonique d accès au savoir Dana Jalobeanu: The fascination of Solomon s condo in 17th century England: Baconianism revisited Giulia Belgioioso: «Toute hyperbole have a tendency là, de nous amener à los angeles vérité par l excès de los angeles vérité, c est-à-dire par los angeles mensonge»: les parcours hyperboliques qui amènent à los angeles vérité de Balzac à Descartes Igor Agostini: Caterus on God as ens a se Justin E.H. Smith: Descartes and Henry extra on residing our bodies Mihnea Dobre: The clinical Journals of the Seventeenth-Century: Cartesianism in magazine des Sçavans and Philosophical Transactions, 1665-1670 Eric Lewis: Sir Kenelm Digby and the Weapon Salve in 17th Century England Brandon glance: Leibniz and Locke on actual and Nominal Essences

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Mathesis, Mathematics and Method in Descartes 29 the discussion of a mathesis universalis. 1 Surely Baillet’s account, informed by the original manuscript ought to bear some historical weight. Yet there is no discussion of these issues by proponents of the Weber/Schuster thesis. It is also crucial to note that the only other occurrence of the word ‘mathesis’ in the entire Regulae is found in a passage of Rule VIII that provides “one or two examples” to illustrate the method. Interestingly, this passage, like the one in Rule IV, is inverted in Leibniz’s Hanover manuscript, appearing at the end of the rule.

L’explication des mouvements apparents des astres Après avoir décrit les principaux corps célestes et analysé leurs distances et leurs grandeurs respectives, Descartes explique leurs mouvements apparents à l’aide d’une hypothèse cosmolo­ gique. Cette hypothèse est élaborée dans les articles 19 à 36 de la troisième partie des Principia. Elle comporte quatre volets. Des­ cartes commence par supposer que les étoiles fixes sont très éloignées au-dessus de Saturne2. Supposer une très grande dis­ tance des étoiles fixes par rapport à Saturne lui permet de faire du Soleil une étoile environnée d’un vaste espace où il est seul de son espèce3.

See 42 Nathan D. SMITH the domain of “formal apophantics,” as Husserl calls it, is understood to outline the principles of logic; it is a kind of logic of logic. In this way, it pertains both to the formal procedures of combination and verification that are germane to the syntax of logic as well as to the semantics of predication. In brief, he claims that the historical emergence of a formal calculus for the mathematical sciences posed the possibility of a fully comprehensive science of predication, a universal logic.

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