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date: 24 May 2019

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Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630–1721) was Cartesianism’s most implacable critic ever. And more than any other critic, he raised the Cartesian issues that have been of perennial interest: the method of doubt, the cogito, clarity and distinctness as criteria of truth, the natural light, the circularity of the Meditations, proofs of God’s existence, etc. Moreover, under the term Cartesianism his Censura Philosophiae Cartesianae (1689) attacks both Descartes’s own texts and those of his followers, most notably Malebranche. Pretty clearly, Huet’s perspective was a strong sort of skepticism; but, unlike some later skeptical critics, his aim was not to subvert religion, but to defend religion against what he saw as the Cartesian subversion of it.

Keywords: Pierre-Daniel Huet, Malebranche, Régis, skepticism, Censura, doubt

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