Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Descartes and the Cartesian Legacy, part 1

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering part 1 of Chapter 4: Descartes and the Cartesian Legacy (pages 87-105). Next week we will read Chapter 4, part 2: pages 105-120). Summary Descartes wanted mathematical procedure and certainty in every field of knowledge, and although he himself wished to prove Christianity with his reasoning, and even to prove that we do know, his later followers, using his method and … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Descartes and the Cartesian Legacy, part 2

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This week for the Poetic Knowledge Book Club, we are covering part 2 of Chapter 4: Descartes and the Cartesian Legacy (pages 87-105). Next week we will read Chapter 5: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes. Summary One negative influence of Descartes’ methodology (taking the mode of one branch of knowledge and applying it to all), has been that “the universe is seen more and more as an obstacle and problem to be conquered instead of a companion reality to … Read More