Descartes (Blackwell Great Minds) by Andre Gombay

By Andre Gombay

A daring and insightful departure from comparable texts, Descartes is going past the explicit institutions put on the philosopher’s principles, and explores the subtleties of his ideals.

  • An stylish, compelling and insightful creation to Descartes' existence and paintings.
  • Discusses a large diversity of his such a lot scrutinized philosophical inspiration, together with his contributions to good judgment, philosophy of the brain, epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of technological know-how, and the philosophy of faith.
  • Explores the subtleties of Descartes' likely contradictory ideals.
  • Addresses subject matters left unexamined in different works on Descartes.

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Here again we might hesitate, because there are at least two ways to read the rhetorical question “is it not I myself who . . ” This might simply amount to the assertion that doubt, or feeling, or desire, do not occur without there being someone whose doubt or feeling or desire they are: in my case, it is me – ego ipse. Speaking more impersonally and calling (as Descartes does) all these mental activities “thoughts,” one might sum up this view via the dictum: There is no thought without a thinker.

Odd, because if I think I am bored, I am bored – period. The converse is also true. ” Again, surely, if you didn’t feel bored, you weren’t bored – period. Such is the transparency of boredom: we cannot be mistaken about the occurrence of boredom in us, and we cannot be ignorant either. What is more, one might express that fact exactly the way Descartes does in the parenthesis of our text [H], and say that there is no need to distinguish between being bored and thinking that one is. The two go together.

Why he observes no mind is a question to which I shall turn soon; what matters for the moment is that, in his reply, Descartes simply equates non-existence of mind with the inability to see objects, even if the creature has eyes. It is not with our eyes that we see wax or hares or people: something else is needed, 40 me and others DESC03 19/9/06 6:04 PM Page 41 namely a mind – or, to use the word that Descartes himself uses at the end of our Meditation (AT 7, 34; CSM 2, 22), apparently as a synonym, an intellect (intellectus).

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