Descartes and Augustine

Descartes and Augustine

This book is the first systematic study of Descartes' relationship to Augustine. It offers a complete reevaluation of Descartes' thought and as such will be of major importance to all historians of medieval, neo-Platonic, or early modern philosophy. Special features include a reading of the Meditations, a comprehensive historical and philosophical introduction to Augustine's thought, a detailed account of Plotinus, and a contextualization of Descartes' mature philosophical project.


"...the best book in the English language on the Meditations... Historical scholarship does not get any better." David Glidden, Ancient Philosophy

'… a brilliant piece of research in the history of philosophy which will surely be a work to be read and reckoned with by future students of Descartes and Augustine.' The Modern Schoolman

'… a fresh and excitingly bold reading of Descartes … Stephen Menn's wonderful book makes Augustine's Fourth Century much less remote from Descartes's seventeenth century than we had thought it was.' Philosophy in Review