Weighing René Descartes’ Influence in a World Without Him

Arturo Serrano discusses ethics, political theory, and why he kills off Descartes in his novel

Tucker Lieberman
8 min readJan 31

Arturo Serrano
Arturo Serrano

Arturo Serrano’s first novel in English imagines that the Mayflower was lost at sea in 1620, the English Separatists were disheartened, and the United States were never born. In this alternate history, rival…