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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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We need to begin any discussion of the structures of knowledge in Westernized universities with Cartesian philosophy.
The commentary does, however, offer some very interesting insights into the reception of Cartesian philosophy in the intellectual world of the 17th century by Augustinian and non-Augustinian thinkers, and for that this part of the volume is certainly worth reading.
Michel Foucault, for example, argues in The Archaeology of Knowledge that someone like Angelou expects narrative continuity, unity, consistency, and coherence not because the subject of a story is necessarily homogeneous but because the expectation of homogeneity is the product of Cartesian philosophy, which has been ruled by "the sovereignty of the subject (12).
It is at once a philosophical treatise on subjects such as Cartesian philosophy, Pascal, Montaigne, and evangelical truth, but it is also the story of a father-son relationship.
Innate ideas were a central element in the Cartesian philosophy.
00--Descartes cuts a lively figure in this excellent collection of essays by a recognized authority on Cartesian philosophy.
In Pascal's apologetics and metaphysical thought (chapter 3), imagination is seen to play a huge role, prompting a revision of Cartesian philosophy.
Sorell goes down to the bone of unreconstructed Cartesian philosophy, introduces the issues of history and analytic philosophy associated with it, and then starts from the beginning with descriptions of what Descartes really said about doubt, the self, incoherence, knowledge, internalism, the justification for science, conscious experience and the mind, reason, emotion, action, anthropology, misogyny and anthropocentrism.
Chapter Two, "The Influence of the Seventeenth Century," explains how Catholic thinkers, influenced by Cartesian philosophy in combination with soon-to-be-obsolete biological theories such as "ovism" and "preformationism," rejected the hylomorphic position officially promulgated at the Council of Vienne in 1312, to embrace the ontological position that declared a fetus fully human at conception.