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Conflicting Forces: The Cartesian Theory of Action

Susan James

in Passion and Action

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198250135
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250134.003.0011
 Conflicting Forces: The Cartesian Theory of Action

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This chapter and the next examine the view, taken for granted in the seventeenth century, that our passions move us to act. How exactly do they do this, and what forces can change or modify them? Addressing this question, Descartes modifies an established Scholastic account of the relations between volition, passion, and action. His discussion is part of a broader attempt to provide a unified analysis of the mind, and to reconfigure the relation between mind and body.

Keywords: action; body; Descartes; mind; passion; volition

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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