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Relating to Cartesius, latinized form of Descartes.


Relating to the philosophy, methods or coordinates of (Des)cartes, who proposed the notion of a mind-body dualism (‘ghost in the machine’) which has haunted medical thought ever since, but which is now beginning to be rejected by many of those with enough interest to consider the matter. (Rene Descartes, 1596–1650, French mathematician and philosopher)


René, French philosopher, mathematician, physiologist, 1596-1650.
cartesian - relating to Cartesius, latinized form of Descartes.
Descartes law - for two given media, the sine of the angle of incidence bears a constant relation to the sine of the angle of refraction. Synonym(s): law of refraction
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Not all essays in the volume discuss Cartesianism to this extent.
At the same time, as Reginald Jackson argues apropos of the Genji emaki [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (a set of twelfth-century scrolls illustrating scenes from The Tale of Genji), flatness itself can open up new possibilities of perspectival thought not immediately available to Cartesianism.
Cartesianism has engendered this strong impulse to stop our active engagement, step out of the relational flow, and pretend we are external observers.
Reacting to Gentile's Vichian or humanistic Cartesianism, Garin presented a philologically accurate description of Quattrocento Humanism which seemed to disprove Heidegger's claim just as he was formulating it.
The surviving element of Cartesianism is the subject-object dichotomy which has not been bridged successfully as yet.
If Cartesianism favors such concepts as "analysis" and "knowledge"--both derivable from mathematical calculation--the alternative epistemology opts for "interpretation" and "understanding.
QT, in its typically relentless insistence on its perfected anti-essentialism and non-belonging to identity or, indeed, any pattern of identification, sometimes seems to commit serial Cartesianism in the absolute authority of this self-dispersal.
just in official Cartesianism, but also in any "materialism" that grounds itself in the phantasm of sheer, literal need).
This innovation, which is crystallized by his theory of poetry, foreshadows his historical consciousness, and as a historical consciousness it accounts for his reaction against the abstract constructions of Cartesianism.
From there only a minimum of effort on his part would be required to nudge geography from an incipient Cartesianism into his own camp.
Whereas for medieval Christianity, the world showed forth the glory of God, and gave continual intimations of the divine presence and action, for Cartesianism the world becomes a machine for which God is effectively excluded, except for being its necessary and sufficient cause.
He pointed out how the concept of brain death was inspired by a concept of humanity that was strictly within the framework of 17th-century Cartesianism and warned of the dangers of its vivisectionist consequences: "Who can claim to know whether at the moment the scalpel is beginning to do its work a non-cerebral, diffuse sensitivity that is still capable of suffering .