• Février 1650, René Descartes, le penseur le plus influent et controversé de son temps s'éteint à Stockholm, au coeur de l'hiver. Seize ans plus tard, ses ossements sont exhumés et secrètement rapatriés en France. C'est le début d'une rocambolesque odyssée : des fragments du squelette vont être dérobés, utilisés, disparaître et réapparaître au cours des trois derniers siècles. Leur authenticité sera au coeur de polémiques acharnées impliquant les plus grands noms de la science : Cuvier, Gay-Lussac, Laplace, Condorcet, Lavoisier, Franklin, Delambre, Fermat ou Foucault... Une palpitante enquête sur les origines de la confrontation entre science et religion et la recherche vitale du sens dans nos sociétés contemporaines.

  • A New York Times Notable BookSixteen years after Renyes'>#233; Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters. But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a fleshandblood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • A New York Times Notable BookSixteen years after Renyes'>#233; Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters. But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a fleshandblood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • A historical portrait of the Netherlands capital and the ideas that make it unique explores the ongoing efforts of its citizens to navigate its seaside challenges and democratic philosophies, revealing how the liberal ideals that evolved there throughout time have had a profound influence and are being compromised in today's world.

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    A historical portrait of the Netherlands capital and the ideas that make it unique explores the ongoing efforts of its citizens to navigate its seaside challenges and democratic philosophies, revealing how the liberal ideals that evolved there throughout time have had a profound influence and are being compromised in today's world.

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  • Through the story of the bitter struggle between two men, Peter Stuyvesant and Adriaen Van den Donck, is told the vivid history of the wilderness island that became the most powerful city in the most powerful country in the world: Manhattan.

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  • Février 1650, René Descartes, le penseur le plus influent et controversé de son temps s'éteint à Stockholm, au coeur de l'hiver.
    Seize ans plus tard, ses ossements sont exhumés et secrètement rapatriés en France.
    C'est le début d'une rocambolesque odyssée.
    Fétichisme morbide ou véritable vénération pour l'inventeur du concept de raison, des fragments du squelette vont être dérobés, utilisés, disparaître et réapparaître au cours des trois derniers siècles.
    Leur authenticité sera au coeur de polémiques acharnées impliquant les plus grands noms de la science : Cuvier, Gay-Lussac, Laplace, Condorcet, Lavoisier, Franklin, Delambre, Fermat ou Foucault.
    L'enjeu : le combat éternel de la raison et de la foi, les balbutiements de l'eugénisme et de la biologie. le fondement même de la philosophie et de la pensée moderne !
    Une palpitante enquête sur les origines de la confrontation entre science et religion et la recherche vitale du sens dans nos sociétés contemporaines.

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