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Descartes' Meditations : a critical guide

Author: Karen Detlefsen
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Series: Cambridge critical guides.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provide new insights into understanding Descartes' philosophy of mind, especially the role and significance of the senses and emotions.
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Descartes' Meditations.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
(OCoLC)831529119
Named Person: René Descartes
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Detlefsen
ISBN: 1107308216 9781107308213 9781139030731 1139030736 9781299008885 1299008887
OCLC Number: 870688049
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 264 pages).
Contents: Cover; Descartes' Meditations; Series; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Descartes' texts; Introduction; Part I Skepticism; Chapter 1 The skepticism of the First Meditation; Introduction; I; II; III; Chapter 2 Descartes and content skepticism; I Introduction; II Descartes and ancient skepticism; III Descartes' departure from the ancients; IV Content skepticism; V Sensory ideas and material falsity; VI Apraxia and trust in the senses; VII Conclusion; Part II Substance and cause. Chapter 3 Descartes against the materialists: how Descartes' confrontation with materialism shaped his metaphysicsHobbes against Descartes: mind, body, and substance; Descartes on substance: the Meditations and the Second Replies; Descartes on substance: the reply to Hobbes; Descartes on substance: the reply to Arnauld and beyond; Concluding remarks; Chapter 4 Thinking: the nature of Descartes' mental substance; I; II; III; IV; Chapter 5 Causation and causal axioms; 1 Causal Containment Axiom (CCA); 2 Conservation-Is-Creation Axiom (C-I-CA); 3 Universal Causation Axiom (UCA). Part III SensationsChapter 6 Sensation and knowledge of body in Descartes' Meditations; I Pre-critical and post-critical conceptions of sensation; Pre-critical view of sensation; Criticism of pre-critical view; sketch of new position; II Natural inclinations and great propensities; III Sameness of reality as opposed to resemblance; No natural tendency toward resemblance thesis; Resemblance and reality; IV Conclusion; Chapter 7 Descartes on sensory representation, objective reality, and material falsity; Sensory ideas and their value; Mind as an intellectual power. Sensory ideas of size and shapeIdeas of sensory qualities: clear and distinct, obscure and confused; Ideas, judgments, and representation; Representation and bodily sensations; Part IV The human being; Chapter 8 Teleology and natures in Descartes' Sixth Meditation; I Introduction; II Descartes' Sixth Meditation passage; III Some helpful conceptual background on teleology; General conclusions; Three useful conceptual principles to extract from the above conclusions; IV Revisiting Descartes' Sixth Meditation passage, in light of this background; V The composite's nature. VI Descartes' broader 'biological' project: next stepsChapter 9 The role of will in Descartes' account of judgment; 1 Introduction; 2 The nature of judgment: intellect and will; 3 The will; 4 Two kinds of indifference; 5 Being in control of one's beliefs; 6 Absolute and moral possibility; Chapter 10 God and meditation in Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy; Hermeneutical preliminaries; The introduction of God in the Meditations; Cartesian meditation and the idea of God; The likeness of God in the meditator, and the intuition of God's existence; Meditation, God, and the human condition.
Series Title: Cambridge critical guides.
Responsibility: edited by Karen Detlefsen.

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