Urban planning in the founding of Cartesian thought

  title={Urban planning in the founding of Cartesian thought},
  author={Abraham Akkerman},
  journal={Philosophy \& Geography},
  pages={141 - 167}
  • A. Akkerman
  • Published 1 August 2001
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy & Geography
It is a matter of tacit consensus that rationalist adeptness in urban planning traces its foundations to the philosophy of the Renaissance thinker and mathematician René Descartes. This study suggests, in turn, that the planned urban environment of the Renaissance may have also led Descartes, and his intellectual peers, to tenets that became the foundations of modern philosophy and science. The geometric street pattern of the late middle ages and the Renaissance, the planned townscapes, street… 
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