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The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution
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The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution: Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, and the Cultivation of Virtue

Matthew L. Jones

Abstract

Amid the unrest, dislocation, and uncertainty of seventeenth-century Europe, readers seeking consolation and assurance turned to philosophical and scientific books that offered ways of conquering fears and training the mind—guidance for living a good life. This book presents a triptych showing how three key early modern scientists—René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, and Gottfried Leibniz—envisioned their new work as useful for cultivating virtue and for pursuing a good life. Their scientific and philosophical innovations stemmed in part from their understanding of mathematics and science as cogniti ... More

Keywords: unrest, uncertainty, seventeenth-century Europe, consolation, philosophical books, scientific books, early modern scientists, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Leibniz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226409542
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226409566.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew L. Jones, author