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  • n. The philosophical doctrines of René Descartes.


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Cartesian +‎ -ism


  • I have used the term Cartesianism to designate, not the metaphysical doctrines of Descartes (innate ideas, two substances, and the rest), but the great principles which survived the passing of his metaphysical system -- the supremacy of reason, and the immutability of natural laws, not subject to providential interventions.

    The Idea of Progress An inguiry into its origin and growth

  • It is not possible here to turn aside and study adequately this extraordinary philosophical movement known as Cartesianism, beginning in

    Spiritual Reformers in the 16th & 17th Centuries

  • Book II presented Newton's new scientific philosophy that would replace Cartesianism.

    Newton, Isaac

  • Probably some of this is a sort of residual Cartesianism about minds.

    You Are All Diseased

  • However, there are further departures from orthodox Cartesianism that are linked to two qualifications of this doctrine.

    Nicolas Malebranche

  • Sellars is perhaps best known for his classic 1956 essay “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind”, a comprehensive and sophisticated critique of “the myth of the given” which played a major role in the postwar deconstruction of Cartesianism, but his published corpus of three books and more than one hundred essays includes numerous original contributions to ontology, epistemology, and the philosophies of science, language, and mind, as well as sensitive historical and exegetical studies.

    Wilfrid Sellars

  • Materialism makes the distinction between mind and body absolute and seeks to explain the former in terms of the latter; Cartesianism works in reverse.


  • From his earliest to his latest writings Peirce opposed and attacked all forms of epistemological foundationalism and in particular all forms of Cartesianism and a priorism.

    Nobody Knows Nothing

  • Voltaire collapsed both challenges into a singular vision of his enemy as “backward Cartesianism,”.


  • Once installed at Cirey, both Voltaire and Du Châtelet further exploited this apparent division by engaging in a campaign on behalf of Newtonianism, one that continually targeted an imagined monolith called French Academic Cartesianism as the enemy against which they were fighting.



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