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The Lord gave it to him in his sleep… Four hundred years ago, in Neuburg, René Descartes dreamed up the method of “wonderful science” that was to become the foundation of rational science in modern times. An interdisciplinary and international effort to think is documented in this volume, which reconstructs this huge step in philosophical and scientific thinking and is also dedicated to the reception of Descartes in Germany over the centuries up to the present day. A systematic, fundamental introduction by Jean-Luc Marion, the phenomenological master thinker and great Descartes expert, defines the profile of the book’s content.

Includes contributions by Igor Agostini, Thomas Alferi, Dan Arbib, Giulia Belgioioso, Delphine Bellis, Claudio Buccolini, Vincent Carraud, Olivier Chaline, Claire Gantet, Zuo Huang, Heiner F. Klemme, Jean-Luc Marion, Édouard Mehl, Gilles Olivo, Siegmund Probst, David Rabouin, Olivier Ribordy, Andreas Schmidt, Walter Schweidler, Regina Stuber and Pierluigi Valenza.