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Aram Vartanian
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Diderot and Descartes: A Study of Scientific Naturalism in the Enlightenment

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1953 by Greenwood Press
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Jan 30, 2010 Ed rated it liked it
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
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