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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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Cartesian philosophy have been highly influential in Westernized projects of knowledge production.
He concedes that the debate on the Cartesian philosophy completely eclipsed the Copernican debates, which only served to defend or to attack Cartesianism.
What justifies according hermeneutic priority to the Discourse is the fact that it is "the only writing that treats the whole of Cartesian philosophy and shows the parts of that philosophy in relation to one another" (pp.
Howell concludes in general that the Dutch rebellion against Spanish rule encouraged the reception there of all three contentious movements: Cartesian philosophy and Copernican astronomy as well as Reformed religion itself.
Given its inability to deal with the "irrationality" of teleology, Cartesian philosophy slipped into a mechanistic reductionism typical of modernity.
Jean-Luc Marion's opening essay has a general character and focuses on the place of the Objections in the context of the Cartesian philosophy.
Initially, true understanding suffices for right action; in stage two, the self-determining will plays a preeminent role; finally, the will is understood to be determined by a true understanding of the general principles of Cartesian philosophy (pp.
The connection may also serve as a reminder that what Cartesian philosophy identifies as its own primal scene remained substantially unchanged between 1619 and the 1640s.
Nobody will dispute that Cartesian philosophy belongs to the history of metaphysics.
The key text invoked by Gillespie to show that Cartesian philosophy is a secularized form of nominalist voluntarism proves just the opposite, namely, Descartes's thoroughgoing rationalism, according to which the only sin is ignorance (see Meditations IV, pars.
The letters from the time to Blyenburgh, initiated by the latter's reading of Spinoza's Principles of Cartesian Philosophy, and later, after publication of the Tractatus, to Schuller and von Tschirnhaus (the latter one of the most brilliant of Spinoza's correspondents), show Spinoza focusing on moral psychological and theological issues, topics of supreme importance in the Tractatus.
For example, Fichte's account of consciousness radicalizes the Cartesian philosophy of subjectivity--something you would not learn from reading any of Fichte's many self-characterizations.