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Of or relating to the philosophy or methods of Descartes.

[French cartésien (from René Descartes) and New Latin Cartesiānus (from Cartesius, Latin form of Descartes).]

Car·te′sian·ism n.


the philosophy of René Descartes and his followers, especially its emphasis on logical analysis, its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature, and its dualistic distinction between thought (mind) and extension (matter). — Cartesian, n., adj.
See also: Philosophy


The philosophy of Descartes and his supporters which emphasized a radical division between matter and mind.
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That is, the choice we are tacitly presented with is between a "scientific" approach, as represented by one or another of the current versions of "materialism," and an "antiscientific" approach, as represented by Cartesianism or some other traditional religious conception of the mind.
Malafouris's criticism of residual Cartesianism in contemporary cognitive science is welcome.
Lacking its own Enlightenment and corresponding Eastern European Cartesianism, this geopolitical "other" either submits by internalizing the externally imposed identity or completely rejects it.
As Dryden re-imagines Antony and Cleopatra in All for Love, he provides not an Aristotelian riposte to Descartes so much as a "skepticism about Cartesianism that is divorced from any commitment to Aristotelianism" (133).
The Hellenic Origins of Unamuno's Skepticism and Niebla's Skeptical Parody of Cartesianism.
The effect is a revision of what Cartesianism really means.
Hodgson's basic philosophy of mind aligns with nonreductive dualism in order to escape the mysticism of Cartesianism and the causal sterility of the mind under forms of physical reductionism (58).
Where Maude uses Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology to dismantle Cartesianism (in the mind-body split of Beckett's early prose works in particular), McMullan finds 'the lens that the former's philosophy offers brings the latter's experiential drama into focus' (p.
If Donald Davidson's concepts of "radical interpretation" and "principle of charity" can be applied to Sorell's concept of "innocent Cartesianism," we would ask that the same consideration be given to Aristotle.
But this kind of Cartesianism on steroids is what has given liberalism a bad name.
Cartesianism is not a pun but what Wittgenstein called a language game proper, a way of thought and a way of life.