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Descartes’s Dreams

Imagination in the "Meditations</I>


Ann Scholl

Ann Scholl revises the traditional understanding of the role of imagination and sensory perception in Descartes’s Meditations. Traditionally, Cartesian scholars have focused primarily on sensory perception as the more significant of the two «special» modes of thought. In this work, Ann Scholl describes how a better understanding of Descartes’s skepticism and his arguments for dualism are reached when imagination instead is understood as the more primary of the two special modes of thought. The result is a fresh reading and interpretation of Descartes’s most influential work.


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Index A actions vs. passions of the soul, 34–39 animal spirits. See figures traced in animal spirits Aquinas, 5 Aristotle Direct Contact Thesis, 5–6, 11, 15 essentialism of, 91, 101 Material-less Forms Doctrine, 5, 6–7, 10–11, 23 Perception by Assimilation Thesis, 5–6, 11, 12, 21 See also Scholastics Arnauld in Fourth Replies, 61, 127n32 Assimilation Thesis (Aristotle), 5–6, 11, 12, 21 attributes, defined, 89–93, 107– 8 Averroës, 6 Averroists, 5, 7, 8 B body, existence of. See speculation that body exists brain, 11, 17, 18–19, 28 C Cartesian theory of sensory perception. See sensory perception, Cartesian theory of CCI (Cerebral Content Interpretation), 17–20, 24–25 centaur example, 74 Cerebral Content Interpretation (CCI). See CCI cerebral semblances imaginings and, 28–30, 33–- 35, 47–48 phenomenal differences and, 53–54 cerebral sense organ (common sense), 8–10, 11–14 chiliagon/triangle example (Med. VI) material truth of idea and, 83–86 power of imagination and, 79–80 power of understanding and, 117–18 representationality and, 3, 73–76, 81 clothing example, 100, 102, 135n7 cold example, 59, 61–62, 68 color, ideas of, 75 See also seeing red Descartes’s Dreams 144 Commentaria (Descartes), 97 Comments on a Certain Broadsheet (Descartes), 92 common sense. See cerebral sense organ; pineal gland composite substances defined, 107–9 essences of, 111 evidence of, 112–13 mind and, 114–15 narrator as, 105–7 compresences of opposites, 7, 126n8 conceptual distinctions, 101–2, 101–2, 111...

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