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Descartes and the First Cartesians

Roger Ariew

Abstract

Descartes and the First Cartesians adopts the perspective that we should not approach René Descartes as a solitary, virtually autistic thinker, but as a philosopher who constructs a dialogue with his contemporaries, so as to engage them and elements of his society in his philosophical enterprise. An important aspect of this engagement concerns the endeavor to establish Cartesian philosophy in the Schools, that is, to replace Aristotle as the authority there. Descartes wrote the Principles of Philosophy as something of a rival to Scholastic textbooks, initially conceiving the project as a compa ... More

Keywords: Descartes, Cartesians, Late Scholastics, logic, ethics, physics, metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563517.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Ariew, author
University of South Florida