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Descartes and CartesianismEssays in Honour of Desmond Clarke$
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Stephen Gaukroger and Catherine Wilson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779643.001.0001

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Regius and Descartes on the Passions

Regius and Descartes on the Passions

(p.164) 10 Regius and Descartes on the Passions
Descartes and Cartesianism

Theo Verbeek

Oxford University Press

Henricus Regius was at first a friend and follower of Descartes, but actually, as Clarke has shown, a very original thinker, who in many ways anticipated the ideas of John Locke. De animi affectibus dissertatio, a small work on the passions, was published undoubtedly in reaction to Descartes’ Les passions de l’âme and in that sense is comparable to Regius’ Explicatio mentis humanae. In this work, Regius reverts to his earlier views on the location of the passions—views which he expressed in his correspondence with Descartes and which under the influence of Descartes he discarded. A comparative analysis of the 1650 work shows that, although Regius borrowed from Descartes, he also tried to work out an independent theory of the passions, consistent with his general theory of the relation between body and mind. The results confirm the views expressed by Clarke in his own writings on Regius.

Keywords:   René Descartes, Cartesianism, Henricus Regius, the passions, de affectibus animi dissertatio

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