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Descartes's Theory of Mind
     

Descartes's Theory of Mind

by Desmond M. Clarke
 

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ISBN-10: 0199284946

ISBN-13: 9780199284948

Pub. Date: 11/03/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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. For

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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. For Clarke, the key is to interpret his philosophical efforts as an attempt to reconcile his scientific pursuits with the theologically orthodox views of his time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199284948
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2005
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Cartesian Explanation
2. Sensation: Ideas as Brain Patterns
3. Imagination and Memory
4. Passions of the Soul
5. The Will as a Power of Self-Determination
6. Human Language
7. Describing Thought: The Subjective View
8. Descartes's Use of the Concept of Substance
9. Property Dualism
References
Index

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