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In Descartes’ estimation, Regius, in his Explicatio Mentis Humanae, that “certain broadsheet” of 1647, had either inadvertently stumbled or deliberately crashed through the protective barriers of sound philosophical principles into a theological minefield. Throughout his Notae Descartes showed no reticence in focusing the spotlight on Regius’ materialism and its alarming implications for the foundational Christian doctrines of the existence of God and the immortality of the soul. In fact, the deliberate aggravation of Regius’ conflicts with the theologians could be seen as one of Descartes’ principal aims in rushing into print with his response. Henri Gouhier commented on the Notae: “This is excommunication; from 1648 Cartesianism had its modernist heresy.”1
KeywordsRational Demonstration Human Person Protective Barrier Substantial Union Handwritten Notation
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