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Foucher, Simon (1644–96)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA034-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Simon Foucher, Canon of Dijon, was a sceptical thinker, active in intellectual circles in Paris. His main philosophical project was the revival of Academic scepticism, and he emerged as an important and influential critic of Cartesian philosophy, questioning the consistency of the Cartesians’ commitment both to mind–body dualism and to the claims that ideas in the mind represent and make known external bodies, and that mind and body interact. He was generally concerned to undermine the Cartesian pretension to know the real essences of mind and body. Foucher was also an early constructive critic of Leibniz’s system of pre-established harmony.

Citing this article:
Nadler, Steven. Foucher, Simon (1644–96), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA034-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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