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Title: Philosophy and Immortality
Subtitle: Some New Aspects of the Historical Context of Cartesian Apology
Author(s): LOSONCZI, Péter
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 68    Issue: 1   Date: 2007   
Pages: 44-66
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.68.1.2019443

Abstract :
In my paper I discuss some historical and thematic problems interesting in so far as the apologetic aspects of Cartesian philosophy are concerned. My main subject is a popular figure of late sixteenth and early seventeenth century Catholic apology, the Jesuit Leonardus Lessius. Analysing his arguments as presented in the De providentia numinis, we can gain insight into his philosophically-based apologetics. Following this study, I summarize the main Cartesian statements regarding the apologetic import of his philosophy and define the main characteristics of this Cartesian “theological puzzle”. Finally, I argue that in spite of significant differences, Descartes’s post-Aristotelian apology can be taken in parallel with certain tendencies essential to then-contemporary late-Scholastic Aristotelian apology.

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