Early Modern Cartesianisms: Dutch and French Constructions

2017.02.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tad M. Schmaltz, Early Modern Cartesianisms: Dutch and French Constructions, Oxford University Press, 2016, 382pp., $85.00 (hbk),
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2017.02.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tad M. Schmaltz, Early Modern Cartesianisms: Dutch and French Constructions, Oxford University Press, 2016, 382pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190495220. Reviewed by Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin-Madison In 1854, Francisque Bouillier published the first edition of his magisterial two-volume Histoire de la philosophie cartésienne. It was an exhaustive study of Descartes's philosophy and its influence. Bouillier begins with Descartes's "precursers" in late medieval and Renaissance thought; surveys the main themes in Descartes's own writings; follows the dissemination of Cartesianism in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, England and elsewhere; studies the philosophy's many partisans and critics; and finally traces the steps to its ultimate downfall. The scope of Bouillier's work is spectacular. He covers two centuries and an entire continent, and he leaves the reader with a rich and detailed picture. . .

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