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date: 23 May 2019

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Descartes spent the final two decades of his life in the Dutch Republic, where he turned into a publishing author and where he soon gathered a considerable following, in particular among academics. Of course, his views also met with opposition and were censured both at Leiden and at Utrecht universities. One motive for him joining the court of the Queen Christina of Sweden in 1649 may well have been his bitterness over the early Dutch reception of his views, and exasperation with the quarrels his philosophy had provoked. However, Descartes may well have underestimated the impact his writings had on Dutch scientists and philosophers ready to abandon Peripateticism.

Keywords: Dutch Republic, Holland, Utrecht, Leiden, Reneri, Regius, Voetius, Schoock, Heereboord

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