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By Kurt Smith

The Descartes Dictionary is an available consultant to the area of the seventeenth-century thinker René Descartes. Meticulously researched and generally cross-referenced, this exact publication covers all his significant works, rules and affects, and offers an organization grounding within the imperative subject matters of Descartes' thought.

The creation presents a biographical comic strip, a quick account of Descartes' philosophical works, and a precis of the present country of Cartesian reports, discussing traits in study during the last 4 a long time. The A-Z entries comprise transparent definitions of the most important phrases utilized in Descartes' writings and distinct synopses of his works. additionally integrated are entries noting philosophical affects, of either figures that motivated Descartes and those who he in flip influenced.

For an individual studying or learning Descartes, rationalism, or sleek philosophy extra ordinarily, this unique source presents a wealth of necessary info, research, and feedback. together with transparent motives of usually advanced terminology, The Descartes Dictionary covers every little thing that's necessary to a valid figuring out of Descartes' philosophy.

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The ultimate harm to a human being so conceived is death, where death is the separation of mind and body, the destruction of the union. To be sure, as was noted in the section on metaphysics, Descartes held that the mind can exist independently of the body (they are really distinct), and held that post-separation from the body the mind would continue to exist. So, death is not a harm to the Introduction 23 mind per se. But even at some point after death, at least if we take what he says seriously about what happens according to Catholic doctrine, Descartes says that the mind (or soul) is reunited with a body—according to St.

Power or capacity) for motion. This aligns with his remarks to Hobbes and to Regius, considered earlier. In a July 13, 1638 letter to Jean-Baptiste Morin, Descartes notes that the term action is ambiguous, and “comprises not only the power or inclination to move but also the movement itself” (AT II 204; CSMK III 109). , a corporeal act). He again says to Morin in a follow-up letter (September 12, 1638) that the term action is ambiguous and can denote not only a particular act but also the tendency or inclination to move, though he again suggests that the latter is not how he is using the term (AT II 363; CSMK III 120).

This logical or conceptual relation between an actual motion and the tendency or potential for motion entails that the same laws that govern the former govern the latter. , power or capacity) for motion. This aligns with his remarks to Hobbes and to Regius, considered earlier. In a July 13, 1638 letter to Jean-Baptiste Morin, Descartes notes that the term action is ambiguous, and “comprises not only the power or inclination to move but also the movement itself” (AT II 204; CSMK III 109). , a corporeal act).

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