Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Week 5 Reading

For Week 5 we shall read Descartes' correspondence with Elizabeth in which the pair discuss Seneca. There are many relevant letters (D-E: 8 July 1644, D-E 18 May 1645, E-D 24 May 1645, D-E May or June 1645, E-D 22 June 1645, D-E June 1645, D-E 21 July 1645, D-E 4 Aug 1645, E-D 16 Aug 1645, D-E 18 Aug 1645, E-D Aug 1645, D-E 1 Sep 1645, E-D 13 Sep 1645, D-E 15 Sep 1645,E-D 30 Sep 1645, D-E 6 Oct 1645, E-D 28 Oct 1645, D-E 3 Nov 1645, E-D 30 Nov 1645, D-E Jan 1646, E-D 25 April 1646, D-E May 1646 A, D-E May 1646 B, D-E Nov 1646, E-D 29 Nov 1646, D-E Dec 1646, E-D 5 Dec 1647, D-E 31 Jan 1648, D-E 22 Feb 1649; also the Descartes-Queen Christina Correspondence: 20 Nov 1647; D-Chanut 20 Nov 1647; D-Chanut 31 March 1649), most of which we shall read from The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes, ed. and trans. Lisa Shapiro (University of Chicago Press, 2007), 81-139, 147-69. Many of these can also be found in The Philosophical Writings of Descartes III: The Correspondence, trans. J. Cottingham et al. (Cambridge University Press, 1991), 237 ff. 

The most significant letters to focus on are D-E 21 July 1645, D-E 4 August 1645, E-D 16 August 1645, D-E 18 August 1645, E-D August 1645, D-E 1 September 1645, E-D 13 September 1645, D-E 15 September 1645, E-D 30 September 1645, D-Queen Christina 20 November 1647.

The French texts can be found in volumes IV and V of Adam and Tannery's Oeuvres de Descartes, available online: Volume IV and Volume V.