of or relating to Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, especially with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.
a follower of Cartesian thought.
Historical Examples

A Thomist or a Cartesian seemed to him as a captive, or a one-armed combatant.
The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

Though no longer quite the Cartesian dualism, this is still a dualism.
The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet

Everywhere one sees the Cartesian dualism and a striking want of the genetic, historical, and critical sense.
Amiel’s Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel

His system is the perfection and the truth of the Cartesian.
A History of Philosophy in Epitome Albert Schwegler

He was expelled from the order at Nantes, for being a Cartesian.
The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Joel Munsell

On the Cartesian proofs there is a special work by Huber, ‘Die cartes.
Theism Robert Flint

The Cartesian dualism he developed ascertains a physical (res extensa) and a thinking (res cogitans) substance.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

It was in the atmosphere of the Cartesian spirit that a theory of Progress was to take shape.
The Idea of Progress J. B. Bury

The Cartesian philosophy, in spite of its profound originality, and its wholly French character, is full of the Platonic spirit.
Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good Victor Cousin

It was to be developed by men who were imbued with the Cartesian spirit.
The Idea of Progress J. B. Bury

of or relating to the works of René Descartes
of, relating to, or used in Descartes’ mathematical system: Cartesian coordinates
of, relating to, or derived from Descartes’ philosophy, esp his contentions that personal identity consists in the continued existence of a unique mind and that the mind and body are connected causally See also dualism (sense 2)
a follower of the teachings and methods of Descartes

1650s, from Cartesius, Latinized form of the name of French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes (1596-1650), + -ian.


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