By Russell Shorto

ISBN-10: 0307275663

ISBN-13: 9780307275660

ISBN-10: 038551753X

ISBN-13: 9780385517539

ISBN-10: 1436139104

ISBN-13: 9781436139106

Sixteen years after René Descartes' dying in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the continues to be of the arguable thinker to move them again to Paris. hence all started a 350-year saga that observed Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing among kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.

But as Russell Shorto indicates during this deeply enticing publication, Descartes' bones additionally performed a task in the most momentous episodes in historical past, that are additionally half of the philosopher's metaphorical is still: the start of technological know-how, the increase of democracy, and the earliest debates among cause and religion. Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood tale in regards to the conflict among faith and rationalism that rages to this day.

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