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The Light of the Soul: Theories of Ideas in Leibniz, Malebranche, and Descartes

Nicholas Jolley

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238195
eISBN:
9780191597824
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238193.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The concept of an idea plays a central role in seventeenth‐century theories of mind and knowledge. However, philosophers of the period were seriously divided over the nature of ideas. The Light of ... More


Descartes: Innate Ideas

Nicholas Jolley

in The Light of the Soul: Theories of Ideas in Leibniz, Malebranche, and Descartes

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238195
eISBN:
9780191597824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238193.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

It is well known that Descartes revived the ancient doctrine of innate ideas. However, it is doubtful whether Descartes advanced a single doctrine that employs the same concept of innateness ... More


A Descriptivist‐Causal Account and the Solution of the Puzzle of Sensory Representation

Raffaella De Rosa

in Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199570379
eISBN:
9780191722455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570379.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, History of Philosophy

This chapter defends a qualified internalist account of the representationality of Cartesian sensations that differs from both externalist readings and from purely internalist accounts (also ... More


Leibniz: The Defence of Innate Ideas

Nicholas Jolley

in The Light of the Soul: Theories of Ideas in Leibniz, Malebranche, and Descartes

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238195
eISBN:
9780191597824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238193.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

It would be foolish to try to pretend that Malebranche is always Leibniz's primary target in his writings on innate ideas. Obviously, the arguments of the New Essays are powerfully shaped by the ... More


Problems from Locke

J. L. Mackie

Published in print:
1976
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198750369
eISBN:
9780191597947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198750366.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

In this book, Mackie critically examines various philosophical problems raised in John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Mackie carefully considers Locke's treatment of these problems, ... More


Empiricism and Innate Notions

J. L. Mackie

in Problems from Locke

Published in print:
1976
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198750369
eISBN:
9780191597947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198750366.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Examines the relation between empiricism and realism. Mackie criticizes Locke's arguments against innate ideas. He draws a distinction between ‘minimal’ and ‘authoritative’ senses of knowledge and ... More


 One Berkeley: Protestant Semantics and the Curtain of Words

John Russell Roberts

in A Metaphysics for the Mob: The Philosophy of George Berkeley

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195313932
eISBN:
9780199871926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313932.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter proposes a dilemma: Berkeley's attack on abstract ideas appears to require an acceptance of a Lockean-style ideational semantics. However, such a semantics would seem to undercut the ... More


Leibniz: Innate Ideas, Reflection, and Self‐Knowledge

Nicholas Jolley

in The Light of the Soul: Theories of Ideas in Leibniz, Malebranche, and Descartes

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238195
eISBN:
9780191597824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238193.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The dispositional theory may be Leibniz's most prominent account of innateness, but it is not the only one, even in the New Essays; as is well known, Leibniz attempts to construct a theory of ... More


Leibniz and Malebranche on Innate Ideas

Nicholas Jolley

in Causality and Mind: Essays on Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199669554
eISBN:
9780191763076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669554.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter seeks to reconstruct an important debate over the theory of innate ideas from the writings of Leibniz and Malebranche. It is argued that Malebranche’s critique of Descartes’ version of ... More


Melancholia and the Passions 1643–1650

Stephen Gaukroger

in Descartes: An Intellectual Biography

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198237242
eISBN:
9780191597480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237243.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Examines Descartes's later years through the large volume of correspondence from that period, much of it with Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia. This correspondence was mainly concerned with the ... More


Lockean Abstractionism Versus Cartesian Nativism

Nicholas Jolley

in Causality and Mind: Essays on Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199669554
eISBN:
9780191763076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669554.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter sets out to show, with certain qualifications, that Locke’s theory of abstract ideas is intended to provide a systematic replacement for Descartes’ theory of innate ideas. In the first ... More


The Idea of Innateness

Stephen Stich

in Collected Papers, Volume 1: Mind and Language, 1972–2010

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199734108
eISBN:
9780190267513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734108.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter attempts to untangle the debate surrounding innate ideas and innate knowledge. The controversy is as follows: Some philosophers, as well as linguists, psychologists, and others, allege ... More


Mind–Body Interactionism

Andrew R. Platt

in One True Cause: Causal Powers, Divine Concurrence, and the Seventeenth-Century Revival of Occasionalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190941796
eISBN:
9780190941826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190941796.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Chapter 3 argues that Descartes’ views about mind–body interaction are internally consistent, and compatible with his more general views about causation; thus neither Descartes nor his followers were ... More


Innateness Stories

Iris Berent

in The Blind Storyteller

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190061920
eISBN:
9780190061951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190061920.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Innate knowledge—the possibility that certain notions might be inborn in us simply because we are humans—has been the topic of endless controversy throughout our intellectual history. This chapter ... More


Nativist Intuitions

Iris Berent

in The Blind Storyteller

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190061920
eISBN:
9780190061951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190061920.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Having shown that innate knowledge is a viable scientific hypothesis with considerable evidence in its support, the next three chapters examine laypeople’s intuitions about innate knowledge. We ... More


The Concept of Idea and Its Logic

Ursula Renz

in The Explainability of Experience: Realism and Subjectivity in Spinoza's Theory of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780199350162
eISBN:
9780199350186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199350162.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

What are ideas for Spinoza? Through a discussion of the definition of “idea” in 2def3, it is shown, first, that Spinoza is reacting here to both Hobbes’ objections to the Meditations and Descartes’ ... More


Epistemological Dispositions: Causal Powers and the Human Person

Anthony J. Lisska

in Aquinas’s Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198777908
eISBN:
9780191823374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777908.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter presents an account of the important Aristotelian distinction concerning ‘act and potency’, which suggests how this paradigm is important in moving beyond the limits of ... More


Know Thyself

Iris Berent

in The Blind Storyteller

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190061920
eISBN:
9780190061951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190061920.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Remy, the Harvard Humanities cat, spends his days amidst Harvard’s academic towers, blissfully oblivious to his intellectual surroundings. It is obvious to us that Remy suffers certain cognitive ... More


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