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Overview of Cartesianism
In Holland, where Descartes had lived for a long time, Cartesianism was a doctrine popular mainly among university professors and lecturers. In Germany, its influence was slight. In France, it was very popular, and gained influence also among Jansenistss such as Antoine Arnauld, though there also, as in Italy, it became opposed by the church. In Italy, the doctrine failed to make inroads, probably since Descartes' works were placed on the Index in 1663.
In England, due to religious and other reasons Cartesianism never was hardly even accepted. Though Thomas More was initially attracted to the doctrine, his own changing attitudes toward Descartes mirrored those of the country: "quick acceptance, serious examination with accumulating ambivalence, final rejection."
- Antoine Arnauld
- Balthasar Bekker
- Johannes Clauberg
- Michelangelo Fardella
- Antoine Le Grand
- Adriaan Hereboord
- Pierre-Sylvain Régis
- Henricus Regius
- Jacques Rohault
- Christopher Wittich
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Copleston, Frederick Charles (2003). A history of philosophy, Volume 4. Continuum International. p. 174. ISBN 9780826468987. http://books.google.com/books?id=ZtDGtgARkzMC&pg=PA174.
- ^ Lennon, Thomas M.; John M. Nicholas, John Whitney Davis (1982). Problems of Cartesianism. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 4. ISBN 9780773510005. http://books.google.com/books?id=vzvKOhiOe_YC&pg=PA4.
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