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- DescriptionSixteen years after Rene Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters. But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.
- Author BiographyRussell Shorto is an American author, historian and journalist. His books have been published in nine languages and he is the contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.
- Author(s)Russell Shorto
- PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group
- Date of Publication01/05/2014
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note8pp b/w
- Weight228 g
- Width130 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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