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Hypotheses fingimus: Cartesian Natural Philosophy between Rationalism and Empiricism



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description In my contribution, I want to deal with the two texts from the context of the Cartesian school: J. Rohault, Traité de physique (1671) and P.-S. Régis, Systeme de philosophie (1690). I want to focus on the way the Cartesians evaluated the methodology of ancient natural philosophy (especially Aristotle’s) and the problem of using empirical and speculative procedures in Cartesian physics and astronomy. I chose the most important passages from Rohault's "Préface" to Traité de physique (section on four sources of errors) and Chapter III from the first book, which is generally methodological. From Régis’ Systeme, I chose a methodological preface to the physical part of the work, which is extremely enlightening for everyone who wants to understand the methodology of Cartesian natural philosophy.
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