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This century has witnessed the celebration of a remarkable succession of Cartesian anniversaries. The conferences held to celebrate these events have provided opportunities for enormous growth in the output of scholarly work, which has resulted in significant developments in the approach to the study of the philosophy of René Descartes. The events celebrated by special conferences and publications have been the 300th and 350th anniversaries of the Discours and Essais in 1937 and 1987, the 300th anniversary of Descartes’ death in 1950, the 350th anniversaries of the Paris and Amsterdam Latin editions of the Meditationes in 199l and 1992, and the 350th anniversary of the publication of the Principia philosophiae in 1994.1 The celebrations culminated in 1996 with the quarter-centenary of Descartes’ birth.2
Keywords350th Anniversary Human Soul General Council Special Conference Philosophical Text
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