Enlightenment Criticisms of Descartes’ Anthropology

  • Stephen GaukrogerEmail author
Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 43)


Descartes took the notion of the cultivation of the self seriously, drawing on the physiology of L’Homme as well as ethical precepts drawn from writers such as Seneca. Enlightenment thinkers such as Diderot were engaged in the same anthropological project, but they rejected Descartes’ account as being too individualistic.


Moral Agency Part Versus Perceptual Judgement Visual Cognition Moral Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unit for the History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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