The modern doctrine of psychophysical parallelism is not appreciably different from this theory of the Cartesian
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Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians
brings together a selection of Nadler's 1993-2004 articles on various Cartesian
philosophers in one place, so the reader can observe for herself the carefully textually grounded and philosophically perceptive case he built for a more nuanced understanding of occasional causation in Arnauld, Cordemoy, de la Forge, Descartes, Geulincx, Malebranche (and the influence of occasionalism on Leibniz and Hume).
Since the Cartesians
are generally supposed to be prototypical nonempiricists, Desgabets's being a Cartesian
empiricist would make him a particularly interesting specimen.
As we have found, Cartesians
privilege internal processes in their attempt to explain how knowledge of the world is possible.
Remember that to the Cartesians
"playing with block cubes" means playing with their six faces, while the tetrahedron has only four faces.
Descartes' quarrels with philosophical friends such as Henricus LeRoy and such powerful enemies such as Gisbertus Voetius grew from personal struggles to great and public controversies, pitting Aristotelians against Cartesians
of various stripes, each side battling for control of the scientific and philosophical curricula of the republic's newly established universities.
In the overall scheme of things, however, these look like minor alterations in a philosophy of mind that the Cartesians
had been advocating for some fifty years.
But this avenue was not open for Cartesians
because they held that thinking can occur without reflection, even by the fetus in its mother's womb.
Further, she shows that given the overlapping views expressed in the writings of Spinoza and the other Radical Cartesians
, it is virtually impossible to determine in which direction the lines of influence traveled between Spinoza and his Radical Cartesian
Nevertheless contemporary philosophers are still Cartesians
, for they think that the brain has now replaced the soul: consciousness is supposed to be found solely in the brain or in brain activity.
In the years following 1673 a work from a Huguenot ex-priest at a time when there was general persecution of Cartesians
in France, was unlikely to be greeted with enthusiasm by the authorities.