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Radical Cartesianism : The French Reception of Descartes - Tad M. Schmaltz

Radical Cartesianism

The French Reception of Descartes

Hardcover Published: 30th January 2010
ISBN: 9780521811347
Number Of Pages: 304

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This is the first 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.

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"Schmaltz's book contains philosophically sophisticated treatments of a host of philosophical problems from the period which we should take seriously ... the book is well worth reading." Philosophy in Review

A note on citation and translation
List of abbreviations
Introduction: radical Cartesianism in context
Robert Desgabets
DesgabetsÆs Considérations, Arnauld and Cartesianism
Three Radical Doctrines
The creation doctrine: indefectible material substance and God
The intentionality doctrine: ideas and extra-mental objects
The union doctrine: temporal human thought and motion
Pierre-Sylvain Regis
HuetÆs Censura, Malebranche and Platonism
Conclusion: 'a forgotten branch of CartesianismÆ
Works cited
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ISBN: 9780521811347
ISBN-10: 0521811341
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 30th January 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62