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Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–80)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA029-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Elisabeth of Bohemia, Princess Palatine, exerted an influence on seventeenth-century Cartesianism via her correspondence with Descartes. She questioned his accounts of mind–body interaction and free will, and persuasively argued that certain facts of embodiment, the unlucky fate of loved ones, and the demands of the public good, constitute serious challenges to Descartes’ neo-Stoic view of the happy life of the autonomous will.

Citing this article:
O’Neill, Eileen. Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–80), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA029-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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