Dispassionate Scientia

Susan James

in Passion and Action

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198250135
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597794 | DOI:
 Dispassionate Scientia

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Because scientific knowledge must be free from error, those who seek it must somehow avoid the mistakes to which our passions expose us. Some seventeenth‐century philosophers taken an optimistic view of this problem. A number of them argue that we can escape from the passionate realm of the senses to a realm of the intellect in which reason holds sway. Others, including Descartes and Spinoza, argue that reasoning is sustained by emotions that are nevertheless not passions. This chapter examines these two strategies.

Keywords: Descartes; intellectual emotions; passion; reason; scientia; Spinoza

Chapter.  13195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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