Self, reason, and freedom : a new light on Descartes' metaphysics

Andrea Christofidou

Freedom and its internal relation to reason is fundamental to Descartes' philosophy in general, and to his Meditations on First Philosophy in particular. Without freedom his entire enquiry would not get off the ground, and without understanding the role of freedom in his work, we could not understand what motivates key parts of his metaphysics. Yet, not only is freedom a relatively overlooked element, but its internal relation to reason has gone unnoticed by most studies of his philosophy. Self, Reason, and Freedom: A New Light on Descartes' Metaphysics, by defending freedom's internal relation to reason, sheds new light on Descartes' metaphysics and restores the often dismissed Fourth Meditation to the core of his metaphysics as he conceived it. Implicit in that relation is a rejection of any authority external to reason. Andrea Christofidou shows how this lends strength and explanatory force to Descartes' enquiry, and reveals his conception of the unity of the self and of its place in the world. Self, Reason, and Freedom: A New Light on Descartes' Metaphysics is essential reading for students and scholars of Descartes and anyone studying seventeenth-century philosophy.

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  • Introduction 1. Methodic doubt and the abyss of scepticism 2. The first certainty 3. Sum res cogitans 4. Thought and reality 5. God's existence: The argument from clear and distinct ideas 6. Understanding, error, and the will 7. Freedom, truth, and goodness 8. The metaphysics of corporeality and God's existence: The argument from God's essence 9. The existence of the corporeal world and the metaphysics of substance 10. The real distinction and the absolute conception of reality 11. Conclusion. Index

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書名 Self, reason, and freedom : a new light on Descartes' metaphysics
著作者等 Christofidou Andrea
出版元 Routledge
刊行年月 2013
ページ数 269 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780415501064
NCID BB11503784
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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