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Single Idea 16610

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 4. Later European Philosophy / b. Seventeenth century philosophy]

Full Idea

As scholasticism collapsed in the 17th century, it might easily have happened is that philosophy simply died. That this did not happen is due in large part to René Descartes. …It is remarkable that this brilliant man insisted on still doing philosophy.

Gist of Idea

Philosophy could easily have died in 17th century, if it weren't for Descartes


Robert Pasnau (Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 [2011], 05.5)

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.93

A Reaction

The alternative view is, of course, that you just can't stop people from thinking philosophically (except by totalitarian education). Are there philosophers in North Korea, or among the Taliban?