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Descartes’s Ghost

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1120 words.

‘Descartes's Ghost’ considers his influence. His writings were placed on the Index by the Roman Catholic Church in 1663. Some decades later, Newton's physics superseded Descartes', and...

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Doubt without Scepticism?

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1190 words.

The view that enabled Descartes to criticize sense-based beliefs, whilst holding that human beings are capable of physical science, is sometimes called rationalism. Descartes believed human...

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Ideas

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1589 words.

In stating that the imagination cannot help us to picture God, but that we can form a conception of our Maker by other means, Descartes was articulating his theory of ideas. ‘Ideas’ shows...

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Last Days

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 791 words.

According to ‘Last Days’, Descartes became weary of Holland. A long feud with Voetius in Utrecht was followed by another controversy at Leiden, again involving followers of Descartes among...

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The <i>Meditations</i>

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1237 words.

The Meditations had an unusual literary form, suited both to its official billing as demonstrating Christian truths, and to Descartes' agenda of destroying the principles underlying...

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The Mind

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1508 words.

Descartes' sharp distinction between mind and body is known as Cartesian Dualism: the mind is one sort of substance, the body another. ‘The Mind’ argues that Descartes classifies minds...

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The Need for Metaphysics

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1634 words.

In Part Four of the Discourse, Descartes emphasized that certainty about God's existence exceeded that about material things and was necessary for knowledge of them. ‘The Need for...

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A New ‘Logic’

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1642 words.

‘A New Logic’ points out that the Dioptrics, Meteors, and Geometry were not free-standing treatises but advertisements for a novel method of reasoning in the sciences. The Discourse on...

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One Science, One Method

Tom Sorell.

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1035 words.

‘One Science, One Method’ recounts Descartes' growing awareness of the unity under mathematics of many sciences that had previously been regarded as distinct. He became increasingly...

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Paris

in Descartes

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 1372 words.

‘Paris’ describes the period 1626–8 when Descartes was resident there. He must have been aware of the controversies concerning atheism and scepticism that were rife in the city, but...

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