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Régis, Pierre-Sylvain (1632–1707)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA065-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Régis helped to define and disseminate Cartesianism. He proselytized on its behalf, defended it against its critics and innovators, and wrote the systematic textbook for which Descartes had hoped. Although primarily an expositor of Descartes’ views, he sometimes developed them in creative ways that tended towards empiricism. He seems to have been led in this direction by Robert Desgabets who, while adhering to Descartes’ principles, consciously departed from what Descartes actually said in order to be ‘more Cartesian than Descartes himself’. The same may often be said of Régis.

Citing this article:
Lennon, Thomas M.. Régis, Pierre-Sylvain (1632–1707), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA065-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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