Treatise on the Human Mind (1666)

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This is the first translation into English of the seminal work by one of the earliest exponents of Cartesianism in France and a leading contributor to the theory of causality which came to be known as occasionalism. La Forge also provides a sophisticated version of Cartesian mind-body dualism. This edition, which includes an introductory essay on La Forge's philosophy and comprehensive editorial notes, provides an ideal introduction for students of early modern philosophy to many of the issues which were ...

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Overview

This is the first translation into English of the seminal work by one of the earliest exponents of Cartesianism in France and a leading contributor to the theory of causality which came to be known as occasionalism. La Forge also provides a sophisticated version of Cartesian mind-body dualism. This edition, which includes an introductory essay on La Forge's philosophy and comprehensive editorial notes, provides an ideal introduction for students of early modern philosophy to many of the issues which were subsequently developed by Malebranche and expressed in their definitive form in David Hume's analysis of causal relations. This text complements recent new translations into English of Malebranche's works and is suitable for graduate courses and upper-level courses in early modern philosophy.

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Note on the Text and Translation. Abbreviations. Introduction. Preface. 1. Plan and Division of the Treatise. 2. The Nature of the Human Mind, and that it is Easier to Know than the Body. 3. Everything which Thinks is Immaterial. 4. Proof of the Same Thesis, against those who Admit both Bodily and Spiritual Substances. 5. Another Proof, Against Those who Admit Only Bodily Substances. 6. Everything which Thinks, Thinks Continuously as Long as it Exists. 7. The Mind is Immortal. 8. The Faculties which are Inseparable from the Mind, and Those Which are Specific to the Human Mind. 9. Knowledge in General. 10. Corporeal Species, and Intellectual Ideas or Notions. 11. The Will. 12. The Mind Considered with Respect to Duration and Place. 13. How, in General, the Mind and Body can be United. 14. How the Human Mind and Body are Specifically United; and What Informs us About their Union. 15. The Causes and Articles of this Union, and its Principal Location. 16. How the Mind and Body Act on Each Other, and How One Body Moves Another. 17. The Nature and Diversity of the Soul's Sensations. 18. The Imagination. 19. Memory and Recollection. 20. Understanding, Reasoning and Speech. 21. The Emotions of the Will. 22. The Origin of the Natural Inclinations and Aversions which are Caused Exclusively by the Body. 23. The Higher and Lower Parts of the Soul or of the Human Mind. 24. Pleasure and Pain. 25. The State of the Soul after Death. 26. What is the Supreme Good for Human Beings in this Life? 27. The Principal Source of Our Mistakes, and the Means of Avoiding Them. 28. General Remedies for the Impetuosity of the Passions and the Adversities of Fortune. Index.

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