Catching up – Descartes’ Bones

I’ve been slow to post as my mid-week rush (with a few extra meetings) rolled by. But back to work. I picked up and began Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto. And yes, I have the Deckle Edge version (I’m not quite sure why this matters – but Amazon seems to make a big deal out of this). It’s a fascinating oddball sort of history – tracing the actual history of the bones (literally!) of Descartes – and using that history to explore the origin of modernity and how both secularists and Christians have used Descartes. It starts off well and looks to be grand, and somewhat quirky fun, even if it may not be a final answer to these vexing questions.

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