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René Descartes  

Ms. Falcone and Ms. Grigg's Algebra II | Guide Created October 2011 | Revised January 2013
Last Updated: Jan 7, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Print Resources

The following print resources are available in the library.  (Tip:  This list is in MLA format for your works cited page.)

Beardsley, Monroe C. The European Philosophers from Descartes to Nietzsche. New York: Modern Library, 1960. Print.

Gimbel, Steven. René Descartes. Greensboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds Pub., 2009. Print.

Hampshire, Stuart. The Age of Reason; the 17th Century Philosophers, Selected, with Introd. and Interpretive Commentary. [New York]: New American Library, 1956. Print.

Magee, Bryan. The Story of Philosophy. New York: DK Pub., 1998. Print.

Magnusson, Magnus, and Rosemary Goring. Cambridge Biographical Dictionary. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990. Print.

The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography; an International Reference Work. Vol. 3. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973. Print.

Stangroom, Jeremy. Philosophy. Chicago: Chicago Review, 2007. Print.

Thorne, J. O. Chambers's Biographical Dictionary. New York: St. Martin's, 1962. Print.

General Web Resources

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Descartes AND biography

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Descartes, René--Biography




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921 Descartes

B Descartes

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