Essays on Descartes by Paul Hoffman

Essays on Descartes

byPaul Hoffman

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This is a collection of Paul Hoffman's wide-ranging essays on Descartes composed over the past twenty-five years. The essays in Part I include his celebrated "The Unity of Descartes' Man," in which he argues that Descartes accepts the Aristotelian view that soul and body are related as form tomatter and that the human being is a substance; a series of subsequent essays elaborating on this interpretation and defending it against objections; and an essay on Descartes' theory of distinction. In the essays in Part II he argues that Descartes retains the Aristotelian theory of causationaccording to which an agent's action is the same as the passion it brings about, and explains the significance of this doctrine for understanding Descartes' dualism and physics. In the essays in Part III he argues that Descartes accepts the Aristotelian theory of cognition according to whichperception is possible because things that exist in the world are also capable of a different way of existing in the soul, and he shows how this theory figures in Descartes' account of misrepresentation and in the controversy over whether Descartes is a direct realist or a representationalist. Theessays in Part IV examine Descartes' theory of the passions of the soul: their definition; their effect on our happiness, virtue, and freedom; and methods of controlling them.

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Paul Hoffman is Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside, and co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Vere Chappell (Broadview Press 2008)
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Title:Essays on DescartesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 17, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I - Hylomorphism and the Theory of Distinction1. The Unity of Descartes's Man2. Cartesian Composites3. Descartes's Theory of Distinction4. Descartes's Watch Analogy5. The Union and Interaction of Mind and Body (Part I)6. Descartes and Aquinas on Per Se Subsistence and the Union of Soul and BodyPart II - Causation7. The Union and Interaction of Mind and Body (Part II)8. Cartesian Passions and Cartesian Dualism9. Passion and Motion in the New MechanicsPart III - Cognition10. Descartes on Misrepresentation11. Direct Realism, Intentionality, and the Objective Being of IdeasPart IV - Moral Psychology12. Three Dualist Theories of the Passions13. Freedom and Strength of Will: Descartes and Albritton14. The Passions and Freedom of Will