Much previous literature on Descartes treats his dualistic metaphysics as if it were disconnected -- in a manner analogous to his problematic mind ... Show synopsis Much previous literature on Descartes treats his dualistic metaphysics as if it were disconnected -- in a manner analogous to his problematic mind-body split -- from his natural philosophy. As part of a series complementing the International Research Library of Philosophy, this volume reflects the trend in recent Descartes studies to affirm the increasing convergence of the history of science and the history of philosophy. While most of the 27 selections collected from 1983-96 readily resonate with standard English language Cartesian commentaries, several translated essays from French and Italian contributors befit Descartes' pivotal role in Western intellectual history. The nine-branched organizing schema includes essays pondering: method; metaphysics and Cartesian metaphysics; meditation and doubt; 'cogito ergo sum'; ideas, truth, and judgement; God; mind and body; matter and motion; and ethics and anthropology. Lacks a subject index.