By Tad M. Schmaltz
This is often the 1st book-length research of 2 of Descartes's such a lot leading edge successors; Robert Desgabets and Pierre-Sylvain Regis; and in their hugely unique contributions to Cartesianism. pertaining to their paintings to that of fellow Cartesians equivalent to Malebranche and Arnauld, the booklet establishes the real notwithstanding overlooked function performed via Desgabets and Regis within the theologically and politically charged reception of Descartes in early-modern France. This significant contribution to the historical past of Cartesianism is of curiosity to historians of early-modern philosophy and historians of principles.
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Bitaud was named as a defender of the fourteen theses, which contain a mixture of atomistic and alchemical views. The soldier– philosopher Villon was to serve as moderator of the defense, while the alchemist Clave, who was Bitaud’s teacher, was to serve as its president. The defense of the theses could not proceed as scheduled since it was banned by an arrˆet of the Paris parlement. See the copy of the censure in Babin 1679, 96. On the context of the action of the Sorbonne, see Garber 1988. Compare F´eret 1900–10, 3:322–26.
66 The scope of this work is limited for the most part to their radical revision of central elements of Cartesian metaphysics and epistemology. This is more than enough, however, since the positions themselves are subtle and the arguments for them are complex. In focusing on these positions and arguments, my discussion follows the lead of Desgabets and Regis, who indicated themselves that these elements of their system constitute their most distinctive contribution to Cartesianism. This work is flanked by sections that focus on their role in the history of early modern French Cartesianism.
Instead, it raises broader issues concerning the compatibility of the Cartesian method of doubt with the demands of faith. These issues bespeak the influence of Huet’s Censura on post-Desgabets discussions in France of Cartesianism. Regis entered into these discussions through this work, for he wrote a response to Huet that addresses the issues raised in the 1691 condemnation. The radical nature of Regis’s views is somewhat hidden in this response, though they are more noticeable in a related exchange with Du Hamel.
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