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Syllabification: Car·te·sian
Pronunciation: /kärˈtēZHən

Definition of Cartesian in English:


Of or relating to Descartes and his ideas.
Example sentences
  • Many philosophers have since attempted their own refutations of Cartesian skepticism (including Descartes and Putnam himself).
  • These Cartesian speculations conveyed to Descartes' successors at least two issues.
  • Even the Logical Positivists were, by and large, foundationalists, although some of them came to renounce Cartesian mentalism in favor of a ‘physicalistic basis’.


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A follower of Descartes.
Example sentences
  • Some Cartesians strayed little from Descartes' scientific and metaphysical theories.
  • Locke's denial of the doctrine of innate ideas was, no doubt, directed specifically at Descartes and the Cartesians.
  • This is the problem of the empiricists, the positivists, the existentialists, the Cartesians, and so forth.


mid 17th century: from modern Latin Cartesianus, from Cartesius, Latinized form of the name of Descartes.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
Example sentences
  • The few letters that survive from this early correspondence indicate that Cartesianism formed the basis of the course of instruction she followed.
  • Futhermore, such knowledge could be obtained without the need for a divine guarantee, as had been required by orthodox Cartesianism.
  • He sticks to Cartesianism with a passion and derides any attempt to derive music from experience.

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