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Descartes"s Theory of Action (Brill"s Studies in Intellectual History) (Brill"s Studies in Intellectual History) by Anne A. Davenport

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Published by Brill Academic Publishers .
Written in English


  • Topics in philosophy,
  • Medieval,
  • History,
  • History - General History,
  • History: World,
  • Movements - Humanism,
  • Movements - Phenomenology,
  • 1596-1650,
  • Act (Philosophy),
  • Descartes, Renâe,

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages323
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9085623M
ISBN 109004152059
ISBN 109789004152052

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  Descartes's Theory of Action Series: Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Volume: Cited by: 4.   Biographical Note Anne A. Davenport, Ph.D. () in History of Science, Harvard University, is Assistant Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Boston College. She has published works on Early Modern theories of the infinite, on Descartes as philosopher of Action and on the theological turn in by: 4. This book is a systematic study of Descartes's theory of causation and its relation to the medieval and early modern scholastic philosophy that provides its proper historical context.   This book explains quite well what Descartes was trying to do with his theory of mind, and it wasn't what everyone thinks they are refuting. In fact, Descartes was really trying to be more of a physiologist, according to Clarke. I can't put this book down!Reviews: 1.

Descartes is possibly the most famous of all writers on the mind, but his theory of mind has been almost universally misunderstood, because his philosophy has not been seen in the context of his scientific work. Desmond Clarke offers a radical and convincing rereading, undoing the received perception of Descartes as the chief defender of mind/body dualism. Descartes argues that no explanation of any phenomenon may assume or merely re‐describe what needs to be explained. He cannot, therefore, propose substance dualism as a theory of mind. To explain mental activities such as sensation, memory, or imagination, one must hypothesize how they result from interaction between the environment, the senses, and the . according action actual already angle appeared argument asserted assumed assumption Bacon ball bodies called Cartesian cause colours concerning conclusion consequently considerations considered consists Correspondence deduced demonstration Descartes determination difficulties Dioptric direction distance doctrine effects equal example exist. The World, also called Treatise on the Light (French title: Traité du monde et de la lumière), is a book by René Descartes (–). Written between and , it contains a nearly complete version of his philosophy, from method, to metaphysics, to physics and biology.. Descartes espoused mechanical philosophy, a form of natural philosophy popular in the 17th .

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