Department of Philosophy

DEPARTMENT OF

Philosophy

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Carlos Prado (Professor Emeritus, Queen's University)

Descartes's Divisive Legacy: A lecture for the exhibiting of the Pieter Nason Portrait of René Descartes (1647)

Inspired by the portrait of the French philosopher René Descartes in the exhibition Singular Figures, a lecture by Professor Carlos Prado on this brilliant mathematician who is often described as the father of modern philosophy. Prado will touch on the philosopher’s historical position, focusing on his divisive legacy: his distinction between mind and body and on a most interesting and nearly universal error in the interpretation of Descartes’ famous dictum: “Cogito, ergo sum” or “I think, therefore I am.”

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016

AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE, 7:00 pm

 

Pieter Nason, Portrait of René Descartes (detail), 1647, oil on canvas, 75.0 x 62.5 cm, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013 (56.003-24)

 

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