Knowing our nature: A note on Régis' response to Malebranche

History of European Ideas 33 (2):135-141 (2007)

Authors
Fred Ablondi
Hendrix College
Abstract
Nicolas Malebranche was the first Cartesian philosopher to challenge Descartes’ claim that we are capable of possessing a clear and distinct understanding of the soul's nature. Other Cartesians, including Clauberg, La Forge, and Cordemoy, accepted without question the conclusion of the Second Meditation that the nature of the soul is better known than is the nature of body. After presenting an overview of Malebranche's argument, this note turns to the Cartesian philosopher Pierre-Sylvain Régis. Régis, like the Cartesians before Malebranche, sides with Descartes in this debate over the question of whether we can have knowledge of our soul's nature, but unlike his predecessors, he provides an original argument defending his position. This argument is, I argue, a direct response to the argument Malebranche had used in his case against Descartes
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2006.11.007
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,282
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Descartes and Malebranche on Thought, Sensation and the Nature of the Mind.Antonia Lolordo - 2005 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (4):387-402.
Occasionalism and General Will in Malebranche.Steven M. Nadler - 1993 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (1):31-47.
Causality and Human Freedom in Malebranche.Fred Ablondi - 1996 - Philosophy and Theology 9 (3-4):321-331.
Knowing‐Wh and Embedded Questions.Ted Parent - 2014 - Philosophy Compass 9 (2):81-95.
Knowing-That, Knowing-How, and Knowing Philosophically.Stephen Hetherington - 2008 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 77 (1):307-324.
Régis's Scholastic Mechanism.Walter Ott - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (1):2-14.
Malebranche.Nathaniel Bowditch - 2010 - International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (3):363-382.
Malebranche on Descartes on Mind-Body Distinctness.Tad M. Schmaltz - 1994 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 32 (4):573-603.
Cartesian Causation: Body-Body Interaction, Motion, and Eternal Truths.M. T. - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 34 (4):737-762.
Occasionalism, Laws and General Will.Russell Wahl - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2):219-240.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-12-30

Total views
12 ( #690,698 of 2,285,985 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #833,345 of 2,285,985 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature