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date: 21 October 2020

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Nicknamed “the Grand Arnauld” by his contemporaries, Antoine Arnauld was a central figure in the intellectual life of the seventeenth century. This chapter presents a synthetic overview of the various aspects of Antoine Arnauld’s relationship to Cartesianism: his first exchanges with Descartes (in the Fourth Objections and correspondence), the “Port-Royal Logic”, and the numerous texts that he composed in the last years of his life, especially in his discussions with Malebranche, Leibniz, and the partisans of the doctrine of the “vision in God”. The chapter attempts to specify to what extent there is a “philosophy of Antoine Arnauld” and to determine whether Arnauld should be considered a “Cartesian” thinker.

Keywords: Antoine Arnauld, Malebranche, Leibniz, Cartesianism, vision in God

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