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Readers Leading Sheltered Lives

From Stephen Gaukroger's review1 of Desmond Clarke's biography2 of Descartes:

There is the occasional oddity in the discussion. It is impossible to know, for example, what to make of his apparent support for Baillet's claim that the conception of Descartes's daughter may be ‘related to the anatomical studies that Descartes continued when he lived near Amsterdam’ (p. 133): readers leading sheltered lives may like to know that pregnancies cannot result from an interest in anatomy.

  1. Mind, Vol. 116, No. 461, January 2007, pp. 155–157. URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzm155

  2. Desmond M. Clarke, Descartes, A Biography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006.