David Tucker's Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx
poses questions and provides answers regarding a relationship with which Beckett scholarship has long flirted yet until now has never satisfyingly addressed with a full-length book study.
This section broadly explores topics that include Hersh Zeifman's discussion of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as being heavily influenced by not only Waiting for Godot, but also Beckett's short stories and the Belgian philosopher Arnold Geulincx
Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians brings together a selection of Nadler's 1993-2004 articles on various Cartesian philosophers in one place, so the reader can observe for herself the carefully textually grounded and philosophically perceptive case he built for a more nuanced understanding of occasional causation in Arnauld, Cordemoy, de la Forge, Descartes, Geulincx
, Malebranche (and the influence of occasionalism on Leibniz and Hume).
La referida continuidad fue bellamente enfatizada por el cartesiano flamenco Arnold Geulincx
(1624-1669), quien refiriose al espacio quatenus corpus generaliter sumptum (8) (cf.
One can trace Beckett's reading under his own headings: History of Western Philosophy; Augustine of Hippo and Porphyry on Plotinus; Germany, Europe, and the French Revolution; Rabelais; English Literature; German Literature; Irish History; University Wits; Frederic Mistral and the Felibridge Poets; Fritz Mauthner; Latin excerpts from Arnoldus Geulincx
, La Forge, and Cordemoy adopted occasionalism for a variety of reasons, but none did so because of a need to provide a solution to a perceived mind-body problem.
(1624-69) was a little-known but important voice in the post-Cartesian philosophical scene, and this translation of one of his major texts should contribute to the rising interest in his work.
Both drawing and diverging from the humanistic intellectual climate of his time, French philosopher Geulincx
(1624-69) sought to reinvest the classical approach to ethics with an input of Christianity.
Yet, if anything, we could term Beckett's attitude an individual form of secular quietism, drawn from his reading of Schopenhauer, Thomas a Kempis's Imitation of Christ, and the Occasionalist philosopher Geulincx
Alain de Lille, Duns Escoto, Maimonides, Crescas, Burgersdijk, Geulincx
32) The original Geulincx
-saying goes like this: "Ubi nihil vales, ibi etiam nihil velis (want nothing where you are worth nothing)," since "according to Geulincx
, because man enjoys true freedom only in the mental world, he would do best to abstain from desiring the things of the physical world.
He repeatedly quotes Latin, refers to Homer, Galileo, Geulincx
and Balzac, has studied astronomy, geology, anthropology and psychiatry, uses terms such as "staffage'" from art history and "trim" from engineering, possesses an extensive vocabulary, including words like "coenaesthetically," "eudemonistic," "floccillate," "martingales," and "liane," and understands the proper use of the Times Literary Supplement.