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Descartes on the Human Soul : Philosophy and the Demands of Christian Doctrine : ARCHIVES INTERNATIONALES D'HISTOIRE DES IDEES/INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE HISTORY OF IDEAS - C.F. Fowler

Descartes on the Human Soul : Philosophy and the Demands of Christian Doctrine

ARCHIVES INTERNATIONALES D'HISTOIRE DES IDEES/INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE HISTORY OF IDEAS

Hardcover ISBN: 9780792354734
Number Of Pages: 442

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The author's aim of providing an understanding of the development, content and presentation of two aspects of Descartes' philosophy of the human soul -- immortality and body -- soul union -- has been achieved and executed with rigour, scholarship and philosophical acuity. Fowler combines close textual analysis with a consideration of the philosophical arguments and the theological background against which these arguments were developed. This contextual approach enables him to provide new insights into the nature of Descartes' philosophy, and indeed of early modern philosophy more generally. Despite the massive scholarly documentation, this finely structured and clearly written study is eminently readable. The work is a significant contribution to the world of Cartesian scholarship which professors and graduate students of Descartes, as well as the world's libraries, must have.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Immortality and the Meditationsp. 7
Descartes on Immortality Prior to 1640p. 54
Scholasticism and Immortalityp. 67
Between Beast and Angelp. 114
From Soul to Mind - Descartes' Vocabularyp. 161
What Constitutes a Demonstration of Immortality?p. 187
The Synopsis and the Demonstration of Immortalityp. 220
"The Human Mind is a Pure Substance"p. 273
Platonic Threat to Mind-Body Unionp. 307
Descartes' Efforts to Secure Mind-Body Unionp. 340
Conclusionp. 411
Bibliographyp. 415
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780792354734
ISBN-10: 0792354737
Series: ARCHIVES INTERNATIONALES D'HISTOIRE DES IDEES/INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE HISTORY OF IDEAS
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.86