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

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Matthew L. Jones is associate professor of history at Columbia University.

The University of Chicago Press, Chicago 60637
The University of Chicago Press, Ltd., London
© 2006 by The University of Chicago
All rights reserved. Published 2006
Printed in the United States of America

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ISBN-13 (cloth): 978-0-226-40954-2
ISBN-13 (paper): 978-0-226-40955-9
ISBN-10 (cloth): 0-226-40954-6
ISBN-10 (paper): 0-226-40955-4

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Jones, Matthew L. (Matthew Laurence), 1972-
The good life in the scientific revolution : Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, and the
cultivation of virtue / Matthew L. Jones,
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-226-40954-6 (cloth : alk. paper)—ISBN 0-226-40955-4 (pbk.: alk. paper)
1. Science—History—17th century. 2.
Mathematics—Philosophy—History—17th
century. 3. Descartes, René, 1596–1650. 4. Pascal, Blaise, 1623–1662. 5. Leibniz,
Gottfried Wilhelm, Freiherr von, 1646–1716. 6. Science-Moral and ethical aspects.
I. Title.
Q125.2.J66 2006
509.032—dc22

2006040491

The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the
American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper
for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48–1992.

This book is printed on acid-free paper.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations xv
  • A Note on Conventions xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Descartes 13
  • Chapter One - Geometry as Spiritual Exercise 15
  • Chapter Two - A Rhetorical History of Truth 55
  • Part II - Pascal 87
  • Chapter Three - Mathematical Liaisons 89
  • Chapter Four - The Anthropology of Disproportion 131
  • Part III - Leibniz 167
  • Chapter Five - Forms of Expression 169
  • Chapter Six - Seeing All at Once 229
  • Epilogue 267
  • Notes 271
  • Bibliography 329
  • Index 363
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