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This chapter draws on the editor's introduction to ACP, "Foucher, Huet and the Downfall of Cartesianism," in Cartesian Views: Essays presented to Richard A. Watson "The Skepticism of Huet's Traité de la foiblesse de l'esprit humain," in Scepticisme et modernité, ed. Sébastien Charles and Marc-André Bernier; "Malebranche, Huet and The Birth of Skepticism," in The Return of Skepticism: From Hobbes and Descartes to Hume. The aim in this chapter is to show how Huet could have seen Descartes and his followers in such terms, and how he was led to his criticism of them. It explores these questions: Why did Huet write the Censura? A related question is, why did he publish it? The chapter also offers a plausible account of the genesis of Huet's skeptical anti-Cartesianism. In 1674, Cartesianism was doomed when the skeptic Simon Foucher showed that there was an ineliminable inconsistency among fundamental Cartesian positions.

Keywords: Cartesianism; Censura; Descartes; Huet; people; skepticism

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