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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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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.
Uncertainty a la Cartesianism cannot be, later, made certain, via this logic.
With linguistic globalization and awareness of parallel worlds, the supremacy of a supposed Cartesianism has been modified by waves of borrowing, which have opened French vocabulary and morphology, even classical correctness.
From the first three writers Cohen inherits the deconstruction of logocentrism, Cartesianism, and hermeneutics; from the fourth, the loss of the "aura" in the age of mechanical reproduction, which Cohen reads in the same deconstructive tradition, as overthrowing Enlightenment epistemologies.
The relative Cartesianism of the Jansenists juxtaposed to the relative sensationalism of the Jesuits certainly made political and ideological polarization more likely.
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.
Yet for all its enduring prestige, Cartesianism never manages to suppress completely the "belief in animal sentience" derived from skeptical philosophy and "empirical observation" (169).
8) Because of its exclusion of teleological explanations, Cartesianism emphasized fact to the exclusion of value.
Topics range widely, including the nature of money, the nature of probability, and the influence of Cartesianism on economic foundations.
6) As argued below, many cyborg narratives engage precisely with these discourses, whether intentionally or otherwise, yet often tend towards a replication rather than a problematization of Cartesianism.
It would seem then that the novel's sustained representation of Cartesianism as postmodernism's adversarial other is highly questionable.
That is, the choice we are tacitly presented with is between a 'scientific' approach, as represented by one or another of the current versions of 'materialism,' and an 'unscientific' approach, as represented by Cartesianism or some other traditional religious conception of the mind.