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Cartesian Rationalism

Understanding Descartes

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Zbigniew Drozdowicz

Descartes gave the human intellect the central role in rationalism, his system therefore is a variant of intellectual rationalism. Other forms of rationalism had emerged in scholastic philosophy and the ancient philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. While Descartes had reservations with respect to all of them, he still adopted some of their elements: not even such a self-directed and critical philosopher as Descartes could have proceeded on the difficult journey towards truth without any baggage of tradition whatsoever. Those who treated this baggage as a useless burden and have attempted to pursue truth without carrying it, have only discovered things which had long been known.
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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Drozdowicz, Zbigniew.   Cartesian rationalism / Zbigniew Drozdowicz. -- 1 [edition].

pages cm. -- (Warsaw studies in philosophy and social sciences, ISSN 2196-0143 ; Volume 3)

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-631-66118-5 1. Descartes, René, 1596-1650. 2. Rationalism. I. Title.   B1875.D76 2015   194--dc23

2015019656

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