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Cartesian Metaphysics : The Scholastic Origins of Modern Philosophy - Jorge Secada

Cartesian Metaphysics

The Scholastic Origins of Modern Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 20th April 2000
ISBN: 9780521452915
Number Of Pages: 346

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This is the first book-length study of Descartes's metaphysics to place it in its immediate historical context, the Late Scholastic philosophy of thinkers such as Suarez against which Descartes reacted. Jorge Secada views Cartesian philosophy as an 'essentialist' reply to the 'existentialism' of the School, and his discussion includes careful analyses and original interpretations of such central Cartesian themes as the role of scepticism, intentionality and the doctrine of the material falsity of ideas, universals and the relation between sense and understanding, causation and the proofs of the existence of God, the theory of substance, and the dualism of mind and matter. His study offers a picture of Descartes's metaphysics that is both novel and philosophically illuminating.

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'Secada's book is rich and interesting, and can be read with much profit.' The British Journal for the History of Philosophy

The Unity of Cartesian Metaphysics
Descartes's essentialist metaphysics
Scepticism, Scholasticism and the origins of Descartes's philosophy
Cartesian real essences
Ideas and the Road from Essence to Existence
Ideas and the world in mind
My wax, my intellect and I
Essentialism and the existence of God
Cartesian Substances
The substantial tension
The essence and the existence of Cartesian substances
The real distinction or the body and the mind
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ISBN: 9780521452915
ISBN-10: 0521452910
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 20th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.69

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