Descartes: Ideas and the mark of the mental


Abstract
In this paper I argue that an adequate and coherent account of Descartes’ concepts of mental representation, ideas, clarity and distinctness, obscurity and confusion, and material falsity requires that one takes Descartes seriously whenever he makes a distinction between what an idea appears to represent and what it actually represents, and that one understands an idea’s representing a thing in terms of the objective existence in the mind of the essence of that thing. The paper also contains a logical articulation of most of these views, in a manner which shows overall coherence
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,044
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

Transparency and Falsity in Descartes's Theory of Ideas.Claudia Lorena Garcia - 1999 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 7 (3):349 – 372.
Material Falsity and Error in Descartes's Meditations (Review).Raffaella De Rosa - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):pp. 641-642.
Descartes on Misrepresentation.Paul David Hoffman - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (3):357-381.
Descartes on the Power of "Ideas".Stephen I. Wagner - 1996 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 13 (3):287 - 297.
Material Falsity in Descartes, Arnauld, and Suarez.Norman J. Wells - 1984 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 22 (1):25-50.
Objective Being and “Ofness” in Descartes.Lionel Shapiro - 2012 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84 (2):378-418.
Descartes's Representation of the Self.Amy Morgan Schmitter - 1993 - Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
Descartes on the Material Falsity of Ideas.Richard W. Field - 1993 - Philosophical Review 102 (3):309-333.
Descartes’ Idea and the Representations of Things.Predrag Milidrag - 2011 - Filozofija I Društvo 22 (3):235-266.
Cartesian Consciousness Reconsidered.Alison Simmons - 2012 - Philosophers' Imprint 12.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-02-06

Total views
0

Recent downloads (6 months)
0

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes