M1: Unit 1: Chapter 7 – Tasks

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Task 7.1

View Translation 3. Imagine the passage in the original French. Can you see something paradoxical in the English translation?

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Task 7.2

View Translation 3 again. How would the passage have to run in a Latin translation?

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Task 7.3

The statement in Translation 3 suggests that in Descartes’ day  philosophical works were normally written in Latin rather than in a vernacular language like French. Descartes’ training was in Latin. Does this mean that, to write his book in French, Descartes had to translate his own thought from Latin into French?

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