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Les égarements de la physique cartésienne dans le Voyage du Monde de Descartes du R. P. Gabriel Daniel (1690)

Abstract : The "Voyage to the World of Cartesius" remains an undervalued case of a critical use of fiction in philosophical matters. A subtle parody of Descartes's "system of the world", it can be read as a Menippean satire in the manner of Lucian and Cyrano: each element of cartesian philosophy is displaced in a mock initiation narrative which takles the lack of a complete intelligibility. Inspired by Gassendi's and Huet's objections, R. Father Daniel produced an ironical romance out of the failings of cartesianism. The fiction shows of "walking as straight as possible [...] in the same direction", as Descartes's own metaphor goes, led to "wandering about in all directions"...
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Nicolas Correard. Les égarements de la physique cartésienne dans le Voyage du Monde de Descartes du R. P. Gabriel Daniel (1690). L. Desjardins, M.-Ch. Pioffet et R. Roy. L’Errance au XVIIe siècle (actes du 45e congrès de la NASSCFL, Québec, 4-6 juin 2015), G. Narr Verlag, pp.323--340, 2017. ⟨hal-03248500⟩

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