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Campus Author: Richard A. Watson | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis
The court ballet "La Naissance de la Paix" ("The Birth of Peace") has been translated to English for the first time in a book by Richard A. Watson, Ph.D., professor emeritus of philosophy in Arts & Sciences. Along with providing the translation, the book, "Descartes's Ballet: His Doctrine of the Will and His Political Philosophy," demonstrates that the ballet, commissioned by Queen Christina of Sweden in 1650 and long attributed to French philosopher Rene Descartes, was almost certainly not written by him.