Descartes’s Mathematical Thought

  • Chikara Sasaki

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 237)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-9
  3. The Formation of Descartes’s Mathematical Thought

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      Pages 11-11
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      Pages 13-44
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      Pages 95-157
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      Pages 205-280
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      Pages 281-285
  4. The Concept of ‘Mathesis Universalis’ in Historical Perspective

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      Pages 287-287
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      Pages 289-331
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      Pages 419-438
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 439-496

About this book


Covering both the history of mathematics and of philosophy, Descartes's Mathematical Thought reconstructs the intellectual career of Descartes most comprehensively and originally in a global perspective including the history of early modern China and Japan. Especially, it shows what the concept of "mathesis universalis" meant before and during the period of Descartes and how it influenced the young Descartes. In fact, it was the most fundamental mathematical discipline during the seventeenth century, and for Descartes a key notion which may have led to his novel mathematics of algebraic analysis.


Aristotle Renaissance The Philosophy of Mathematics education history of mathematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Chikara Sasaki
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of TokyoYokohamaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6487-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1225-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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