Anton Matytsin

Affiliation: 

Stanford University

The Scientific Revolution Devours Its Children: The Legacy of Descartes in the 18th Century

René Descartes’s first supporters were extremely effective in promoting his metaphysics and natural philosophy despite the opposition from traditional intellectual authorities. They managed to penetrate both university curricula and new scientific societies in the second half of the 17th century. His distant disciples in the 18th century, however, were far less successful in continuing the initial triumph of the Cartesian philosophy in the French-speaking world.