Cartesianism

Cartesian

[kahr-tee-zhuhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, especially with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.
noun
2.
a follower of Cartesian thought.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin Cartesiānus, equivalent to Cartesi(us) (Latinization of Descartes) + -ānus -an

Cartesianism, noun
post-Cartesian, adjective
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Cartesian (kɑːˈtiːzɪən, -ʒjən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the works of René Descartes
2.  of, relating to, or used in Descartes' mathematical system: Cartesian coordinates
3.  See also dualism of, relating to, or derived from Descartes' philosophy, esp his contentions that personal identity consists in the continued existence of a unique mind and that the mind and body are connected causally
 
n
4.  a follower of the teachings and methods of Descartes
 
Car'tesianism
 
n

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Cartesian
1656, from Cartesius, Latinized form of the name of Fr. philosopher and mathematician René Descartes (1596-1650).
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