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(kar-tē'zhŭn),
Relating to Cartesius, latinized form of Descartes.

Cartesian

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)

Descartes,

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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If the doctrine's interpretation destroys all natural causality, good Cartesians should reject it (and deviant ones, such as Malebranche and Cordemoy, should have done so).
The buyer expecting new ground to be broken, as in Tad Schmaltz's Radical Cartesians, will be disappointed.
Chapter 5, 'Dualism and Occasionalism: Arnauld and the Development of Cartesian Metaphysics' (1994), asserts that Arnauld was the only Cartesian to explicitly introduce occasional causation to solve problems of mind-body interaction in Descartes' metaphysics.
The Cartesian conception (which I discuss in more detail below) places a strong emphasis on the first-person aspect of experience: minds are seen as uniquely accessible, intimately personal things, best conceived as the product of internal thought processes occurring within individuals.
In place of Cartesian dualism, most philosophers of mind today are 'monists' or 'materialists' of one sort or another.
Another question that can be asked is why the 3D Cartesian coordinate system uses 90[degrees] between any two of the six half-axes in the positive or negative direction?
Seen in this way, we can say that the Cartesian coordinate system was not the way to freedom of spirit, but rather a means of channelling it into a framework of organized thinking.
There are, of course, some notable problems for the Cartesian view that all thought is conscious: long-standing beliefs, innate ideas, memories, the judgments that Cartesians claim we make but do not notice when we perceive objects at a distance.
While there may be no single fully developed theory of consciousness among the Cartesians, there is consensus among them that the phenomenal consciousness distinctive of thought is brute in the sense that it belongs to the very nature of thought and requires no second-order reflective mental act.
The authors' casual acceptance of species extinction is also disturbing and reflects a narrow conception of morality that I predict will soon be as outmoded, but perhaps as invidious, as the Cartesian legacy so thoroughly explored earlier.
Nyden-Bullock also discusses the elimination of any distinction between the will and intellect, calling it Spinoza's 'most radical departure from the Cartesian theory of error' (122).
81), "neoskeptics" who embrace a variant of skepticism that bases its doubts on "the prior acceptance of a Cartesian foundationalist model that consists of denying knowledge in the absence of an epistemological foundation" (p.