The hidden life

The hidden life

The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes

by Steven Nadler

Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $41.95 hb, 230 pp, 9780691157306

In this short and accessible book, Steven Nadler, an accomplished historian of seventeenth-century philosophy, turns his attention to René Descartes (1596–1650) and his cultural milieu in Holland in the 1630s and 1640s. His angle of approach is to take the familiar portrait of Descartes, attributed to Frans Hals – versions of which grace the covers of the vast majority of textbook editions of Descartes’s works – and to illuminate the three intersecting lives to which it bears tribute.

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Published in October 2013 no. 355
Stephen Buckle

Stephen Buckle

Stephen Buckle teaches philosophy at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, having previously taught at a number of universities both in Australia and overseas.
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