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

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Abbreviations
AA Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. 1923-. Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe. Edited by Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften, etc. Darmstadt, Berlin, Munich, etc. Cited as, for example, A3, 1:355 (3rd series, vol. 1:p. 355).
ATRené Descartes. 1996. Œuvres de Descartes. Edited by Charles Ernest Adam and Paul Tannery. 2nd ed., corrected. 11 vols. Reprint, Paris: J. Vrin.
CGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. [1903] 1966. Opuscules et fragments inédits de Leibniz, extraits des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque royale de Hanovre. Edited by Louis Couturat. Paris. Reprint, Hildesheim: G. Olms.
CcGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. [1914–18] 1986. Catalogue critique des manuscrits de Leibniz. Fasc. 2, Mars 1672-novembre 1676 [only volume that appeared]. Poitiers: Société française d'imprimerie et de librarie. Reprint, Hildesheim: G. Olms.
CFBlaise Pascal. 1992. Les provinciales. Edited by Louis Cognet and Gérard Ferreyrolles. Paris: Bordas.
CSMRené Descartes. 1984–91. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. Translated by John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch, and (vol. 3 only) Anthony Kenny. 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
GerGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. [1906] 1995. Leibnizens nachgelassene Schriften physikalischen, mechanischen und technischen Inhalts. Edited by Ernst Gerland. Abhandlungen zur Geschichte der mathematischen Wissenschaften mit Einschluss ihrer Anwendung XXI. Hft. Physikalischer Teil. Leipzig: B. G. Teubner. Reprint, Hildesheim: G. Olms.

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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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