Neglected sources on Cartesianism: the academic dictata of Johannes de Raey

Intellectual History Review 33 (4):525-586 (2023)
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In this article, I provide a historical and bibliographical exploration of the handwritten, dictated commentaries (dictata) of Johannes de Raey (1620/1622–1702) on the texts of René Descartes (1596–1650), shedding light on their structure, development, and on their relations with the academic commentaries of Johannes Clauberg (1622–1665) and Christoph Wittich (1625–1687). The study of these commentaries, which are extant as class notes, is important because they conveyed one of the first systematic teachings of Descartes’s ideas and constituted a vehicle for their further dissemination across northern Europe.

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Andrea Strazzoni
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