Help me illustrate Descartes' visions
August 31, 2011 8:15 PM   Subscribe

Need help illustrating Descartes' three visions! What would the college he dreamt about look like? How would a stove in his room (Germany, 1619) look like? How do you write LATIN POETS in Latin?

The illustrations will be small and icon-like, so no need to delve into details, rough directions are enough. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
Poetae Latini.
posted by Cortes at 9:04 PM on August 31, 2011

The stove would likely have been a masonry stove of some description.

This is the the "Jesuit college of La Fl├Ęche in Anjou" he went to as a boy. I'd guess he would have dreamed of something similar.
posted by tumid dahlia at 9:38 PM on August 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

this is where he melts the wax, in the "Meditations"? It's been a long time since school.....
posted by thelonius at 9:57 PM on August 31, 2011

Visions of Descartes

Wow, I had forgotten about this! The craziest thing I could remember from Descartes was a passage where he speculates that crowds in the street may be made of mechanical automatons, dressed in coats and hats, not humans. The man had a powerful imagination.
posted by thelonius at 10:09 PM on August 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

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