Rene Descartes

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French philosopher and mathematician


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Since the Cartesian legacy has been so influential in Western structures of knowledge, this article begins in the first part with a discussion on Cartesian philosophy. The second part is on the Conquest of Al-Andalus.
Chapters 2 through 4 form a unit covering the nature of reality and the ability of the mind to perceive it accurately through an overview of Cartesian philosophy, the philosophy of mind, and debates over the feasibility of sentient machines.
Love proposes that the advent of strong Cartesian philosophy in the latter part of the eighteenth century advanced a way of negotiating life completely at odds with the fundamental assumptions behind improvisation.
Rejection of the Cartesian philosophy by Wolzogen represented the separation of philosophy from religion by the Socinians and their subsequent disinterest in the theological questions independent from scripture.
Cast as an unrelenting indictment of Cartesian philosophy, in an apostrophe directed to Descartes himself, Salvayre's novel displays many features that her readers will find familiar.
The commentary does, however, offer some very interesting insights into the reception of Cartesian philosophy in the intellectual world of the 17th century by Augustinian and non-Augustinian thinkers, and for that this part of the volume is certainly worth reading.
What is needed is to understand quantum mechanics and then reinterpret it completely differently from the way in which the Copenhagen School has interpreted it on the basis of the bifurcation, the dualism of Cartesian philosophy which underlies the whole of the modern scientific enterprise.
Such a subtle cognitive psychology is not conceptually possible in the context of a Cartesian philosophy mind, where consciousness is omnipresent.
This Cartesian philosophy is the basis of modern society, which is in Verene's view a world of gadgets and technological bluff in which "everyone is an anxious optimist" (30).
Michel Foucault, for example, argues in The Archaeology of Knowledge that someone like Angelou expects narrative continuity, unity, consistency, and coherence not because the subject of a story is necessarily homogeneous but because the expectation of homogeneity is the product of Cartesian philosophy, which has been ruled by "the sovereignty of the subject (12).(9) Under the Cartesian or Enlightenment paradigm, the unity of the individual and the unity of the story go together.
It is at once a philosophical treatise on subjects such as Cartesian philosophy, Pascal, Montaigne, and evangelical truth, but it is also the story of a father-son relationship.
The Renaissance tendency to "[put] primacy on the [individual] will" was paired with skeptical Cartesian philosophy to yield the isolated, "monadic," classical-modern self caught between dyadic oppositions--mind/body, consciousness/other, self/world, and individual/collective.
The true enigma at the heart of Cartesian philosophy was precisely the "otherness" that would seem to be constitutive of consciousness itself.
Innate ideas were a central element in the Cartesian philosophy. Most famously there are the innate idea of God, which lies at the heart of the Meditations, and the innate sensory ideas of the Comments on a Broadsheet.
In Pascal's apologetics and metaphysical thought (chapter 3), imagination is seen to play a huge role, prompting a revision of Cartesian philosophy. Pascal's skepticism about the will-directed imagination, his belief that imagination and custom work within to shape our everyday lives in unseen ways, distinguished him from previous thinkers (although, in this reader's opinion, perhaps not Montaigne).