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date: 20 May 2019

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This chapter concerns the complex relation of the Dutch medical professor Henricus Regius (1598–1679) to Descartes and Cartesianism. What makes the case of Regius curious is that even after he was publicly repudiated by Descartes, he was recognized by some of his contemporaries as a representative of Cartesian philosophy. The discussion of Regius is structured around three stages of his relation to Cartesianism: 1) his initial role as a trusted disciple of Descartes, followed by 2) his controversies with Descartes and other Cartesians, and ending with 3) the importance of his role in post-Descartes Cartesian medicine.

Keywords: Descartes, Dutch Cartesianism, medicine, physics, Henricus Regius

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