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Descartes and Cartesianism : essays in honour of Desmond Clarke

I Cartesian ScienceDid Descartes Teach a ‘Philosophy of Science’ or Implement ‘Strategies of Natural Philosophical Explanation’?Introduction: The ‘Clarkean’ Consensus about Cartesian Physical ExplanationMakers of the Consensus: Buchdahl, Laudan, Sabra, and ClarkeMoving beyond the Consensus: How Did Cartesian Systematic Natural Philosophy Work?The Basic Explanatory Stitch according to the Consensus: the Example of MagnetismAn Introductory Heuristic Model of Cartesian Systematizing in Natural PhilosophyThree Constituents of the Core in Descartes’ Systems in Le Monde and the Principia philosophiaeTwo different element theoriesThe laws of nature, or rather, the principles of Cartesian corpuscular dynamicsVorticesDescartes’ Systematizing and Explanatory Strategy in the PrincipiaConclusionsA Virtuous Practice. Descartes on Scientific ActivityContext, History, and Interpretation. The Religious Dimension in Descartes’ MetaphysicsPhilosophizing about the PastContext: Forwards and BackwardsThe Religious and Ethical Strands in Descartes’ MetaphysicsII Mind and Perception Descartes’ MindIntroductionThe Standard-Issue Soul‘Mental Goings-On’; ‘Conscious’Consciousness and cogitatioThinkingI and ThinkingG (1)Cognitive PhenomenologySubstance = Principal AttributeThe Powers of the MindThinking1 and Thinking0 (2)‘Thin’ SubjectsMind and MatterA Leibnizian Solution?Truth in Perception. Causation and the ‘Quasinormative’ MachineThe Gricean ManoeuvreQuasinormativity: The Properly Functioning Sensory MachineMaterial FalsityVeridical PerceptionA Quasinormative Notion of a Properly Functioning Believing Machine?ConclusionsDescartes and Regius on the Pineal Gland and Animal Spirits, and a Letter of Regius on the True Seat of the SoulPerceptionInverse transmission in the Treatise on ManA parallelDioptrics and Passions of the SoulA letter to Mersenne and Description of the Human BodyRegius on perceptionDescartes and Regius on VolitionConclusionCartesianism and Visual Cognition. The Problems with the Optical Instrument ModelOptical ImagesThe Telescope as a Model for VisionVision and RepresentationVisual Cognition as a Form of ExtramissionConclusionReintroducing Descartes in the History of Materialism. The Effects of the Descartes/Hobbes Debate on the First Reception of CartesianismThe ‘Scrupulous’ Reading of Louis de la ForgeRevisiting the Third Objections and Replies via the Replies to the ‘Opponents’ of the THM and Particularly to HobbesConclusionIII Actions and Passions Descartes and the Impossibility of a Philosophy of ActionWhat Is a Bodily Action?Descartes on Bodily ActionsDoes Descartes Contradict Himself?De Raey’s CartesianismSpinoza and GeulincxThe OccasionalistsConclusionRegius and Descartes on the PassionsDescartes on the Power of the Soul. A ReconsiderationA Question Not to Be AskedPower or Force?A Power of the Soul or of the Object?Power of the Soul, Imagination, and HabitThe Will between Mind and BodyThe Resilience of a Formal CauseIV Cartesian WomenCartesianism and Its Feminist Promise and Limits. The Case of Mary AstellFeminism and the Seventeenth CenturyEquality Feminism: Reason and a Woman’s MindFeminism and Women’s CommunitiesBibliography of the Works of Desmond Clarke
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