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Cartesian

[kahr-tee-zhuh n] /kɑrˈti ʒən/
adjective
1.
of or relating 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 of Cartesian
1650-1660
1650-60; < New Latin Cartesiānus, equivalent to Cartesi(us) (Latinization of Descartes) + -ānus -an
Related forms
Cartesianism, noun
post-Cartesian, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Cartesian
Historical Examples
  • This famous Newton, this destroyer of the Cartesian system, died in March, anno 1727.

  • This is the cause of gravity, according to the Cartesian system.

  • It may not be without some application to the modern no less than the original Cartesian doctrine.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • Though no longer quite the Cartesian dualism, this is still a dualism.

    The Mind and the Brain

    Alfred Binet
  • He was expelled from the order at Nantes, for being a Cartesian.

  • It would be even more absurd to attribute to them a Cartesian dualism.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
  • His system is the perfection and the truth of the Cartesian.

  • On the Cartesian proofs there is a special work by Huber, 'Die cartes.

    Theism Robert Flint
  • It was in the atmosphere of the Cartesian spirit that a theory of Progress was to take shape.

  • It was to be developed by men who were imbued with the Cartesian spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for Cartesian

Cartesian

/kɑːˈtiːzɪən; -ʒjən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the works of René Descartes
2.
of, relating to, or used in Descartes' mathematical system: Cartesian coordinates
3.
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 See also dualism (sense 2)
noun
4.
a follower of the teachings and methods of Descartes
Derived Forms
Cartesianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Cartesian
adj.

1650s, from Cartesius, Latinized form of the name of French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes (1596-1650), + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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