The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of by Steven Nadler

By Steven Nadler

In the Louvre museum hangs a portrait that's thought of the long-lasting picture of René Descartes, the good seventeenth-century French thinker. And the painter of the paintings? The Dutch grasp Frans Hals--or so it used to be lengthy believed, till the paintings used to be downgraded to a duplicate of an unique. yet the place is the real model, and who painted it? Is the guy within the painting--and in its original--really Descartes?

a distinct mixture of philosophy, biography, and paintings historical past, The thinker, the Priest, and the Painter investigates the amazing contributors and situations in the back of a small portrait. via this image--and the intersecting lives of an excellent thinker, a Catholic priest, and a proficient painter--Steven Nadler opens a desirable portal into Descartes's lifestyles and occasions, skillfully offering an obtainable creation to Descartes's philosophical and medical rules, and an illuminating journey of the unstable political and non secular atmosphere of the Dutch Golden Age. As Nadler exhibits, Descartes's leading edge principles in regards to the international, approximately human nature and information, and approximately philosophy itself, stirred nice controversy. Philosophical and theological critics vigorously adversarial his perspectives, and civil and ecclesiastic professionals condemned his writings. however, Descartes's idea got here to dominate the philosophical global of the interval, and will rightly be known as the philosophy of the 17th century.

laying off mild on a widely known photo, The thinker, the Priest, and the Painter deals an interesting exploration of a celebrated philosopher's international and work.

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