Descartes and the Possibility of Enlightened Freedom

Res Philosophica 94 (4):499-534 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper offers a novel interpretation of Descartes's conception of freedom that resolves an important tension at the heart of his view. It does so by appealing to the important but overlooked distinction between possessing a power, exercising a power, and being in a position to exercise a power.

Similar books and articles

Descartes on Human Freedom.Marie Jayasekera - 2014 - Philosophy Compass 9 (8):527-539.
Determinism and freedom in stoic philosophy.Susanne Bobzien - 1998 - New York: Oxford University Press.
About the Needlessness of the Verb “To Be”.Dan Simbotin - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 15:231-236.
An Analysis of Semi-Compatibilism.Gan Hun Ahn - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 15:7-12.
Determinism, Randomness, and Value.Noa Latham - 2004 - Philosophical Topics 32 (1-2):153-167.
Epistemic freedom.J. David Velleman - 1989 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 70 (1):73-97.
Descartes' Conception of Freedom.Clyde Prescott Ragland - 2001 - Dissertation, Yale University
The Illusion of Freedom Evolves.Tamler Sommers - 2007 - In Don Ross, David Spurrett, Harold Kincaid & G. Lynn Stephens (eds.), Distributed Cognition and the Will: Individual Volition and Social Context. MIT Press. pp. 61.
Moral responsibility, freedom, and compulsion.Robert N. Audi - 1974 - American Philosophical Quarterly 11 (1):1-14.
The Will to Reason: Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes.C. P. Ragland - 2016 - New York, New York: Oxford University Press USA.
Free will.Derk Pereboom - 2013 - In Roger Crisp (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics. Oxford University Press.
Descartes on the principle of alternative possibilities.C. P. Ragland - 2006 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (3):377-394.

Analytics

Added to PP
2017-02-08

Downloads
1,671 (#6,053)

6 months
350 (#5,685)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Daniel Fogal
New York University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility.John Martin Fischer & Mark Ravizza - 1998 - New York: Cambridge University Press. Edited by Mark Ravizza.
An Essay on Free Will.Peter Van Inwagen - 1983 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility.Harry G. Frankfurt - 1969 - Journal of Philosophy 66 (23):829-839.
An Essay on Free Will.Peter van Inwagen - 1983 - New York: Oxford University Press.

View all 59 references / Add more references