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The Picture Multiple: Figuring, Thinking, and Knowing in Descartes's Essais (1637)

The Picture Multiple: Figuring, Thinking, and Knowing in Descartes's Essais (1637) Abstract: Throughout his Essais (1637), Descartes appropriated the visual language of practical mathematics in order to forge a new natural philosophy. This article argues that by grafting geometric line onto descriptive figure, the philosopher and his illustrator, Frans van Schooten Jr., underscored doubts about a natural philosophy based on qualities, all the while situating his new epistemology in the 17th-century present and exercising a deep attention to the differences between nature seen, nature pictured, and nature understood. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

The Picture Multiple: Figuring, Thinking, and Knowing in Descartes's Essais (1637)

Journal of the History of Ideas , Volume 78 (3) – Jul 24, 2017

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Abstract: Throughout his Essais (1637), Descartes appropriated the visual language of practical mathematics in order to forge a new natural philosophy. This article argues that by grafting geometric line onto descriptive figure, the philosopher and his illustrator, Frans van Schooten Jr., underscored doubts about a natural philosophy based on qualities, all the while situating his new epistemology in the 17th-century present and exercising a deep attention to the differences between nature seen, nature pictured, and nature understood.

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Journal of the History of IdeasUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Jul 24, 2017

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