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In this 1953 book Vartanian argues that Descartes' 'physics' as opposed to his metaphysics had a considerable influence on the philosophes, especially Diderot. He presents this as contrary to the accepted view that the philosophes disparaged Descartes while admiring Newton and Locke. Wile I am not in a position to evaluate his work, he does present a lot of support for his position and is on the whole quite convincing. I was most interested in his view of Descartes as an inspiration, rather than ...more