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date: 21 October 2020

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Géraud de Cordemoy (1626–84) was one of the most important Cartesian inheritors of the 1660s and 1670s. He was unique among Descartes’s followers in advocating atomism, and he was one of the first—if not the first—Cartesian occasionalists. Interestingly, he understood both of these positions to follow from Cartesian metaphysics, despite the fact that Descartes never endorsed the latter and explicitly rejected the former. He also accepted, with some modifications, Descartes’s real distinction between and union of the mind and the body, and developed Descartes’s thoughts on language use in significant ways. This chapter examines Cordemoy’s Cartesian-inspired arguments for both atomism and occasionalism, and discusses his thoughts on mind–body dualism and language use.

Keywords: Géraud de Cordemoy, atomism, occasionalism, mind–body dualism, language

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