Descartes and Cartesianism: Essays in Honour of Desmond Clarke

ISBN : 9780198779643

224 ページ
153 x 234 mm

This volume is a collection of original essays dealing with Cartesian themes and problems, especially as these arise in connection with Cartesian natural science and the theory of perception, agency, mentality, divinity, and the passions. It focuses in particular on Desmond Clarke's important contributions to these aspects of Descartes's writings. Stephen Gaukroger and Catherine Wilson split the volume into four distinct parts; Cartesian Science, Mind and Perception, Actions and Passions, and Cartesian Woman. The contributors are internationally known and respected scholars of 17th century philosophy writing on a number of their favourite Cartesian topics.


Part I. Cartesian Science
1 John Schuster: Did Descartes Teach a 'Philosophy of Science' or Implement 'Strategies of Natural Philosophical Explanation'?
2 Susan James: A Virtuous Practice: Descartes on Scientific Activity
3 John Cottingham: God in Cartesian Science and Cartesian Ethics

Part II. Mind and Perception
4 Galen Strawson: Descartes' Mind
5 Catherine Wilson: Truth in Perception: Causation and the 'Quasinormative' Machine
6 Erik-Jan Bos: Descartes and Regius on the Pineal Gland and Animal Spirits, and A Letter of Regius on the True Seat of the Soul
7 Stephen Gaukroger: Cartesianism and Visual Cognition: The Problems with the Optical Instrument Model
8 Delphine Antoine-Mahut: Reintroducing Descartes in the History of Materialism: The Effects of the Descartes/Hobbes Debate on the First Reception of Cartesianism

Part III. Actions and Passions
9 Alexander Douglas: Descartes and the Possibility of a Philosophy of Action
10 Theo Verbeek: Regius and Descartes on the Passions
11 Denis Kambouchner: Descartes on the Power of the Soul: A Reconsideration

Part IV. Cartesian Woman
12 Karen Detlefsen: Cartesianism and its Feminist Promise and Limits: The Case of Mary Astell


Stephen Gaukroger was educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. He is Professor Emeritus of History of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Sydney. His publications include Explanatory Structures (1978), Cartesian Logic (1989), Descartes, An Intellectual Biography (1995), Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy (2001), Descartes' System of Natural Philosophy (2002), The Emergence of a Scientific Culture (2006), The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility (2010), Objectivity (2012), Le Monde en images (2015), and The Natural and the Human (2016).; Catherine Wilson is Anniversary Professor of Philosophy at the University of York. She has written extensively on visual experience in scientific and aesthetic contexts and on Descartes, Leibniz, and Locke. She is the author of The Invisible World: Philosophers and the Microscope 1650-1720, recently reprinted by Princeton University Press, Descartes' Meditations: A New Introduction (2003). and, most recently, Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity (2008). With Desmond Clarke, she edited the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe (2011)