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The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes
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The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes

Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes

Abstract

Between the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–80) and René Descartes (1596–1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters—thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence contains the only known extant philosophical writings by Elisabeth, revealing her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, and moral philosophy, as well as her keen interest in natural philosophy. The letters are essential reading for anyone interested in Descartes's philosophy, in particular his account of the human being as a union of mind and body, as well as his ethics. They also ... More

Keywords: Elisabeth of Bohemia, René Descartes, metaphysics, analytic geometry, moral philosophy, natural philosophy, intellectual collaboration, Quakers, William Penn, Robert Barclay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226204413
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226204444.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, author

Rene Descartes, author