have been highly influential in Westernized projects of knowledge production.
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.
(41) Consider the introduction to the Cartesian Meditations, where Husserl calls transcendental phenomenology "a neo-Cartesianism, even though it is obliged--and precisely by its radical development of Cartesian motifs--to reject nearly all the well-known doctrinal content of the Cartesian philosophy
"; Edmund Husserl, Cartesian Meditations, trans.
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
. The French scholar gives some important information on the development of Descartes's metaphysics from the Discours to the Meditationes.
Given its inability to deal with the "irrationality" of teleology, Cartesian philosophy
slipped into a mechanistic reductionism typical of modernity.
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.
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
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.
In it, Wolf-Devine offers an exegesis of Descartes' accounts of the physiology of the visual system and of our perception of light, color, situation, distance, size, and shape, along with some background discussion both of Descartes' predecessors and of Cartesian philosophy
. While she also claims to be interested in the "big picture" changes in natural philosophy and epistemology to which Descartes's work contributes, these concerns intrude on the work only intermittently.