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    Helen Hattab (2014). Hobbes's and Zabarella's Methods: A Missing Link. Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (3):461-485.
    early modern philosophers commonly appeal to a mathematical method to demonstrate their philosophical claims. Since such claims are not always followed by what we would recognize as mathematical proofs, they are often dismissed as mere rhetoric. René Descartes, Thomas Hobbes, and Benedict de Spinoza are perhaps the most well-known early modern philosophers who fall into this category. It is a matter of dispute whether the ordo geometricus amounts to more than a method of presentation in Spinoza’s philosophy. Descartes and Hobbes (...)
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    Helen Hattab (2009). Descartes on Forms and Mechanisms. Cambridge University Press.
    Descartes' arguments against the substantial form -- Aquinas' introduction of the substantial form -- Suarez's defense of the substantial form -- Sanchez's skeptical humanist attack -- The mechanical alternative to substantial forms -- Cartesian science and the principles of Aristotelian mechanics -- Atoms, modes, and other heresies -- Descartes' metaphysical alternative to substantial forms.
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    Helen Hattab (forthcoming). Descartes on the Eternal Truths and Essences of Mathematics: An Alternative Reading. Brill.
    _ Source: _Page Count 46 René Descartes is neither a Conceptualist nor a Platonist when it comes to the ontological status of the eternal truths and essences of mathematics but articulates a view derived from Proclus. There are several advantages to interpreting Descartes’ texts in light of Proclus’ view of universals and philosophy of mathematics. Key passages that, on standard readings, are in conflict are reconciled if we read Descartes as appropriating Proclus’ threefold distinction among universals. Specifically, passages that appear (...)
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    Helen Hattab (2007). Concurrence or Divergence? Reconciling Descartes's Physics with His Metaphysics. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (1):49-78.
    : This paper interprets Descartes's use of the Scholastic doctrine of divine concurrence in light of contemporaneous sources, and argues against two prevailing occasionalist interpretations. On the first occasionalist reading God's concurrence or cooperation with natural causes is always mediate (i.e., concurrence reduces to God's continual recreation of substances). The second reading restricts God's immediate concurrence to his co-action with minds. This paper shows that Descartes's metaphysical commitments do not necessitate either form of occasionalism, and that he is more plausibly (...)
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    Helen Hattab (2016). Aristotelianism and Atomism Combined: Gorlaeus on Knowledge of Universals. Perspectives on Science 24 (3):285-304.
    The atomist philosopher, David Gorlaeus was a student of theology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands when he died in 1612 at the age of 21. We know little about his short life, but two works by him, Exercitationes Philosophicae and Idea Physicae, survived and were published posthumously in 1620 and 1651 respectively. They contain the intriguing but often underdeveloped views of a budding philosopher whose ideas might have been completely forgotten but for two later perceptions of his (...)
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    Helen Hattab (2000). The Problem of Secondary Causation in Descartes: A Response to Des Chene. Perspectives on Science 8 (2):93-118.
    : In this paper I address the vexed question of secondary causation in René Descartes' physics, and examine several influential interpretations, especially the one recently proposed by Dennis Des Chene. I argue that interpreters who regard Cartesian bodies as real secondary causes, on the grounds that the modes of body include real forces, contradict Descartes' account of modes. On the other hand, those who deny that Descartes affirms secondary causation, on the grounds that forces cannot be modes of extension, commit (...)
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    Helen Hattab (forthcoming). Descartes on the Eternal Truths and Essences of Mathematics: An Alternative Reading. New Content is Available for Vivarium.
    _ Source: _Page Count 46 René Descartes is neither a Conceptualist nor a Platonist when it comes to the ontological status of the eternal truths and essences of mathematics but articulates a view derived from Proclus. There are several advantages to interpreting Descartes’ texts in light of Proclus’ view of universals and philosophy of mathematics. Key passages that, on standard readings, are in conflict are reconciled if we read Descartes as appropriating Proclus’ threefold distinction among universals. Specifically, passages that appear (...)
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    Helen Hattab (2016). Descartes on the Eternal Truths and Essences of Mathematics: An Alternative Reading. Vivarium 54 (2-3):204-249.
    _ Source: _Volume 54, Issue 2-3, pp 204 - 249 René Descartes is neither a Conceptualist nor a Platonist when it comes to the ontological status of the eternal truths and essences of mathematics but articulates a view derived from Proclus. There are several advantages to interpreting Descartes’ texts in light of Proclus’ view of universals and philosophy of mathematics. Key passages that, on standard readings, are in conflict are reconciled if we read Descartes as appropriating Proclus’ threefold distinction among (...)
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    Helen Hattab (2011). Suárez and Descartes. Studia Neoaristotelica 8 (2):143-162.
    In hac dissertatione primo ostendo Cartesii “argumentum a priori” contra formas substantiales proprie intelligendum esse ex definitione formae substantialis, quam F. Suarez proposuit, et ex ipsius argumentis a priori pro ea. Hoc quidem argumentum Cartesianum non nisi polemicam vim habere videtur, nam Cartesius potius ex superioritate explanationum mechanicarum a se percepta formas substantiales impugnavit. Tamen ipsum factum, Cartesium scil. in doctrinamSuarezianam de forma substantiali incurrisse, doctrinae Suarezianae auctoritatem et famam contestatur. Aliis verbis, Descartes sane demonstrationem, qua Suarezii argumenta ad absurdum (...)
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  10. Helen N. Hattab (1998). The Origins of a Modern View of Causation: Descartes and His Predecessors on Efficient Causes. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania
    This dissertation presents a new interpretation of Rene Descartes' views on body/body causation by examining them within their historical context. Although Descartes gives the impression that his views constitute a complete break with those of his predecessors, he draws on both Scholastic Aristotelian concepts of the efficient cause and existing anti-Aristotelian views. ;The combination of Aristotelian and anti-Aristotelian elements in Descartes' theory of causation creates a tension in his claims about the relationship between the first cause, God, and the secondary (...)
     
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    Helen Hattab (2008). The Emergence of Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1210–1685 (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):pp. 640-641.
    The sheer variety of both cognitive and non-cognitive contributions to the emergence of a scientific culture in the West and the complex relations to pre-modern developments that scholars have brought to light over the past decades have put into question both the Enlightenment and Kuhnian accounts of the scientific revolution. Gaukroger’s work performs the ambitious but indispensable task of beginning to formulate an alternative way of understanding this momentous transition, one based on recent scholarship. Gaukroger treats science as both “a (...)
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    Helen Hattab (2010). Review of Peter Machamer, J.E. McGuire, Descartes's Changing Mind. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (10).
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  13. Helen Hattab (2004). Conflicting Causalities: The Jesuits, Their Opponents, and Descartes on the Causality of the Efficient Cause. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 1:1-22.
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  14. Helen Hattab (2012). Suárez's Last Stand for the Substantial Form. In Benjamin Hill & Henrik Lagerlund (eds.), The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez. OUP Oxford
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  15. Helen Hattab (2015). Craig Martin.Subverting Aristotle: Religion, History and Philosophy in Early Modern Science. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. Pp. 262. $54.95. [REVIEW] Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 5 (2):381-385.
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  16. Helen Hattab (2012). Descartes on Forms and Mechanisms. Cambridge University Press.
    The modern view of causation can be traced back to the mechanistic science of Descartes, whose rejection of Aristotelian physics, with its concept of substantial forms, in favor of mechanical explanations was a turning-point in the history of philosophy. However the reasoning which led Descartes and other early moderns in this direction is not well understood. This book traces Descartes' groundbreaking theory of scientific explanation back to the mathematical demonstrations of Aristotelian mechanics and interprets these advances in light of the (...)
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  17. Helen Hattab (2011). The Mechanical Philosophy. In Desmond M. Clarke & Catherine Wilson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe. OUP Oxford
     
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