Principles of Philosophy (Descartes)
Principles of Philosophy (Principia philosophiae) was written in Latin by René Descartes 1644 as a textbook of philosophy and what we now call science. Descartes hoped to replace the Aristotelian philosophy of the Scholastics at universities.
A French translation, Principes de philosophie, was prepared by Claude Picot, under the supervision of Descartes, and appeared in 1647 with a letter-preface to Queen Christina of Sweden.
The Principles is divided into four parts:
- The principles of the human knowledge
- The principles of the material things
- An objective study of the composition of the universe
- A study of the structure of the land.