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Describing Thought: The Subjective View

Desmond M. Clarke

in Descartes's Theory of Mind

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199261239
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199261237.003.0008
 Describing Thought: The Subjective View

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Any explanation of human mental operations requires an adequate description of what is to be explained. Descartes devotes much of his work to describing characteristic features of human mental activity, such as the transparency of consciousness, the intentionality of thought, and the human capacity for abstraction that makes possible a form of thinking that is so independent of images that it may be called ‘pure’.

Keywords: abstraction; consciousness; intentionality; pure thought

Chapter.  13059 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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