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A Beginner's Guide to Descartes's "Meditations"
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List of Illustrations and Tables. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Background. 2. Explanation and Summary of Main Arguments. Introduction. Meditation I: About the Things We May Doubt. Meditation II: Of the Nature of the Human Mind; and that it is Easier to Know than the Body. Meditation III: Of God; that He Exists. Meditation IV: Of Truth and Error. Meditation V: Of the Essence of Material Things; and, Once More of God, that He Exists. Meditation VI: Of the Existence of Material Things, and of the Real Distinction between the Soul and the Body of Man. 3. Critical Themes. Introduction. Objections and Replies. Certainty and Doubt. Dualism. The Existence of God. Rationalism vs. Empiricism. Foundationalism and the Cartesian Circle. Notes. Appendix A: Overview of the Meditations. Appendix B: Selected Summaries of Objections and Replies. Glossary. Bibliography and Suggested Reading. Index

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Gareth Southwell taught at Swansea College of Further Education between 1998 and 2005, where he also developed online learning materials and educational websites. In his spare time, he developed PhilosophyOnline, the popular resource for both teachers and students. A graduate in English and Philosophy from Swansea University, Southwell is an assistant examiner for AQA, and is about to complete a PhD in philosophy. He also works as a freelance illustrator and has regularly published caricatures in The Philosophers' Magazine.

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"As the costs of textbooks continue to soar without surcease we should be grateful to Southwell and Blackwell Publishing for producing such a highly effective teaching tool for just under twenty dollars." (International Philosophical Quarterly, 2010)

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