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  • n. Plural form of Cartesian.


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  • Suppose the Cartesians were the philosophical equivalent of a political party.

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  • One of the chief reasons for the antagonism of the Cartesians was the idea of at - traction or action at a distance, which, far from being


  • [This is the work that stirred a great deal of controversy for Cartesians, which is not surprising given the theologically sensitive nature of the thesis that the body of Christ is actually present (extended) in the host.] “ “ “, 1675, Critique de la Critique de la Recherche de la vérité, Paris.

    Robert Desgabets

  • Surveying a selection of modern "Cartesians," he makes a cogent argument for detente between faith and science, finding atheists such as Christopher Hitchens as intolerant as Islamic or Christian fundamentalists.

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  • Too bad the Cartesians began by denying there was such a thing as a single human nature.

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  • They will cop to being terribly Gallicly rude, or too Gallicly refined and continental to land ze American chick, and they will confess to a prejudice for logic over spirituality—“We French are Cartesians, after all,” explained Anne-Marie Leveque, a woman I had met in the cemetery and with whom I was discussing God.

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  • Saltz wants to wrest art away from what he calls "neo-Cartesians," those "dogmatists, ideologues, academics, and theorists who demonize and belittle art as a gratuitous, semi-mystical, merely beautiful, purely formal amusement."

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  • This is a noble enough ambition, but, unfortunately, Saltz's own language only gives the neo-Cartesians additional reasons to dismiss the "semi-mystical" descriptions of art that too often accompany the claim that art is experience rather than a means of acquiring knowledge.

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  • Voltaire's own critical discourse against imaginative philosophical romances originated, in fact, with English and Dutch Newtonians, many of whom were expatriate French Huguenots, who developed these tropes as rhetorical weapons in their battles with Leibniz and European Cartesians who challenged the innovations of Newtonian natural philosophy.


  • These Cartesians attempted to preserve some room for the action of finite minds on body, but the Cartesian Geraud de Cordemoy (1626-1684) went further in claiming that only God can cause changes in the material world.

    Nicolas Malebranche


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