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Descartes's Concept of Mind

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ISBN 9780674010437

Publication Date: 10/14/2003


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • I. From Methodology of Science to Philosophy of Mind
    • 1. The Early Writings
    • 2. The Regulae ad directionem ingenii and the Quest for Certainty
    • 3. Intuition, Method, and Its Application to the Mind
    • 4. New Suppositions in Cognitive Psychology and an Old Metaphor
    • 5. The Objects Known
    • 6. The Method and Its Application
    • 7. “A Little Grander Project”: From Methodology to Metaphysics
    • 8. A New Foundation of Physics: God’s Creation of Eternal Truths
  • II. The Mind as Embodied: A True and Substantial Union
    • 1. Three Perspectives on the Mind and the Body
    • 2. The Mind–Body Union and Its Conceivability
    • 3. Privileged Access, Indubitability, and Introspection
    • 4. The Pure Mind and the Embodied Mind
    • 5. Three Primary Notions: Extension, Thought, and Mind–Body Union
    • 6. Clear and Distinct versus Obscure and Confused Thoughts
    • 7. Knowing Our Mental States: Inconceivability or Indeterminacy?
    • 8. The Limits of Cartesian Dualism
  • III. Thought, Consciousness, and Language
    • 1. Mind and Consciousness
    • 2. Propositional Thoughts and Sensations
    • 3. Sensory Awareness and Perceptual Judgments
    • 4. Human Thought and Artificial Intelligence
    • 5. Transparency and Immanent Reflexivity
    • 6. Thought, Language, and Normativity
  • IV. Intentionality and the Representative Nature of Ideas
    • 1. Ideas as Acts and Ideas as Objects
    • 2. Ideas and Images
    • 3. Likeness, Similarity, Identity
    • 4. Objective Reality and Possible Being
    • 5. Degrees of Objective Reality
    • 6. Objective Reality and the Veil-of-Ideas
    • 7. The Problem of Representation in the Aristotelian Tradition
  • V. Sensory Perceptions, Beliefs, and Material Falsity
    • 1. Impressions, Ideas, and Representations in the Early Work
    • 2. “Idea” in the Later Work: The Problematic Intentionality of Sensations
    • 3. Judgment, Truth, and Falsity in Sensory Perception
    • 4. Material Falsity
  • VI. Passions and Embodied Intentionality
    • 1. The Context and Novelty of Descartes’s Approach to the Passions
    • 2. Passions as a Subclass of Thoughts
    • 3. Actions and Passions
    • 4. The Functions Attributed to the Body
    • 5. The Functions of the Soul and Perceptions Referred to the Soul in Particular
    • 6. The Psycho-Physiology of Passions
    • 7. Representing and Referring Passions to the Soul
    • 8. The Function and Classification of Passions
    • 9. The Institution of Nature as the Key to the Mastery of Passions
    • 10. Reason versus Passions
  • VII. Free Will and Virtue
    • 1. From Conflicts of Soul to Conflicts of Will
    • 2. The Elements and Antecedents of Descartes’s Moral Psychology
    • 3. Voluntary Agency, Assent, and Will
    • 4. Reason as the Power of Judging Well
    • 5. Descartes’s Notion of a Free Will
    • 6. From Free Decision to Free Will: Medieval Debates about Agency
    • 7. Toward a Non-naturalistic Account of Moral Agency
    • 8. Interpreting Descartes’s Voluntarism
    • 9. Generosity: The Passion of Virtue
  • Notes
  • Index

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