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date: 24 May 2019

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This chapter considers the life and work of the French Jesuit Gabriel Daniel (1649–1728), as well as the impact his critique of Descartes had on the legacy of Cartesianism. It pays particular attention to Daniel’s use of satire as a means of philosophical critique, and to the long tradition of using satire, which extends back to Lucian of Samosata in the first century ce, as a form of philosophical engagement. The principal focus of the chapter is on the arguments in Daniel’s Voyage du Monde de Descartes (1690) against dualism, vortex theory, and the uniformity of the physical world.

Keywords: Gabriel Daniel, satire, science fiction, Jesuits, Lucian of Samosata, Harlequin Principle

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