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Descartes's Extended Substances

Matthew Stuart

in New Essays on the Rationalists

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165418
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165411.003.0004
Descartes's Extended Substances

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Was Descartes an occasionalist about body–body causation? Many scholars (including Garber and Hatfield) have argued that he was. This essay examines the textual evidence against such a reading of Descartes, his discussions of force, and his doctrine of the creation of the eternal truths, and argues that Descartes was not such an occasionalist.

Keywords: causation; Descartes; eternal truths; force; Garber; Hatfield; occasionalism; Michael Della Rocca

Chapter.  12886 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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