By Lilli Alanen

Descartes's idea of the brain, as distinctive from the physique with which it types a union, set the time table for far of Western philosophy's next mirrored image on human nature and idea. this is often the 1st e-book to provide an research of Descartes's pivotal idea that bargains with all of the capabilities of the brain, cognitive in addition to volitional, theoretical in addition to useful and ethical. concentrating on Descartes's view of the brain as in detail united to and intermingled with the physique, and exploring its implications for his philosophy of brain and ethical psychology, Lilli Alanen argues that the epistemological and methodological effects of this view were mostly misconstrued within the smooth debate.

Informed by means of either the French culture of Descartes scholarship and up to date Anglo-American learn, Alanen's e-book combines historical-contextual research with a philosophical problem-oriented strategy. It seeks to narrate Descartes's perspectives on brain and intentionality either to modern debates and to the issues Descartes faced of their ancient context. through drawing out the historic antecedents and the highbrow evolution of Descartes's pondering the brain, the publication exhibits how his emphasis at the embodiment of the brain has implications way more complicated and engaging than the standard dualist account suggests.

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