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Radical Cartesianism
The French Reception of Descartes

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039161

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  • This is a book-length study of two of Descartes's most innovative successors, Robert Desgabets and Pierre-Sylvain Regis, and of their highly original contributions to Cartesianism. The focus of the book is an analysis of radical doctrines in the work of these thinkers that derive from arguments in Descartes: on the creation of eternal truths, on the intentionality of ideas, and on the soul-body union. As well as relating their work to that of fellow Cartesians such as Malebranche and Arnauld, the book also establishes the important though neglected role played by Desgabets and Regis in the theologically and politically charged reception of Descartes in early modern France. This is a major contribution to the history of Cartesianism that will be of special interest to historians of early modern philosophy and historians of ideas.

    • A study of major followers of Descartes
    • The kind of big book in the history of philosophy which does well for us (cf. Menn/Descartes and Augustine)
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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039161
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    A note on citation and translation
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: radical Cartesianism in context
    Part I. Robert Desgabets:
    1. Desgabets's Considérations, Arnauld and Cartesianism
    Part II. Three Radical Doctrines:
    2. The creation doctrine: indefectible material substance and God
    3. The intentionality doctrine: ideas and extra-mental objects
    4. The union doctrine: temporal human thought and motion
    Part III. Pierre-Sylvain Regis:
    5. Huet's Censura, Malebranche and Platonism
    Conclusion: 'a forgotten branch of Cartesianism'
    Works cited
    Index.

  • Author

    Tad M. Schmaltz, Duke University, North Carolina

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