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The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

R. Darren Gobert

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804786386
eISBN:
9780804788267
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804786386.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book explores theater history's unexamined importance to Cartesian philosophy alongside Descartes's unexamined impact on theatre history. Put another way, it provides a new reading of mind-body ... More


Clauberg: Efficient Causation and the Mind–Body Union

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/9780190941796.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Chapter 4 uses Clauberg’s theory of the mind–body union to show how a Cartesian thinker could respond to perceived problems with Descartes’ interactionism without adopting occasionalism. Section 4.1 ... More


Mind-Body Union; or, The Cartesian Ballet

R. Darren Gobert

in The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804786386
eISBN:
9780804788267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804786386.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter addresses the poetics of performance that emerges from Descartes's epistolary dialogue with Elisabeth of Bohemia. Elisabeth had pressed Descartes on the inadequacies of dualism, pushing ... More


Prologue: Another Cartesian Theater

R. Darren Gobert

in The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804786386
eISBN:
9780804788267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804786386.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The chapter suggests that the historical antipathy between philosophy and theater as disciplines has obscured the theater's unexamined importance to Cartesian philosophy and Descartes's unexamined ... More


Descartes on the Mind–Body Union: A Different Kind of Dualism

Minna Koivuniemi and Edwin Curley

in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Volume VII

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198748717
eISBN:
9780191814112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748717.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

What does the mind–body union consist in for Descartes? At a minimum, causal interaction between mind and body. But also in a certain experience of the body with which we’re united, which inclines us ... More


Cordemoy: Occasionalism and the Metaphysics of Motion

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/9780190941796.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Cordemoy was the first of the Cartesians to argue in print for occasionalism about both body–body and mind–body causation—however, chapter 7 argues that Cordemoy had motives for adopting ... More


Descartes on the Perception of Primary Qualities

Margaret D. Wilson

in Essays on the Philosophy and Science of René Descartes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195075519
eISBN:
9780199853052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195075519.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explains Descartes confusion on sensations, size, shape, position, and motion. Descartes in detail explains that we perceive particular figures or actual bodies affecting our senses much ... More


Epilogue: Cætera desunt

R. Darren Gobert

in The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804786386
eISBN:
9780804788267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804786386.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter begins with an analysis of the National Theatre's 2010 “live re-broadcast” of Racine's Phèdre, starring Helen Mirren. The spectators' experience in the contemporary Cineplex suggests ... More


What Someone May Have Whispered in Elisabeth’s Ear

Vlad Alexandrescu

in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume VI

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199659593
eISBN:
9780191745218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659593.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter looks at Elisabeth’s arguments in the framework of Descartes’ program to collect valuable objections from members of the Republic of Letters. The analysis of Elisabeth’s first letters ... More


Descartes on Subjects and Selves

Vili Lähteenmäki

in The Self: A History

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780190087265
eISBN:
9780190087296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190087265.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Descartes makes a double commitment about selves. While he argues that the ‘I’ is nothing but a thinking thing he also identifies it with the union of the mind and body. This chapter explores this ... More


Experience and Cartesian Agency

Anik Waldow

in Experience Embodied: Early Modern Accounts of the Human Place in Nature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190086114
eISBN:
9780190086145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086114.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Chapter 1 investigates Descartes’s account of the union of body and mind and the confusion that he takes to characterize our understanding of what we are when reflecting on the roles body and mind ... More


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