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Lisa Shapiro
Simon Fraser University
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I here address Descartes' account of human nature as a union of mind and body by appealing to The Passions of the Soul. I first show that Descartes takes us to be able to reform the naturally instituted associations between bodily and mental states. I go on to argue that Descartes offers a teleological explanation of body-mind associations (those instituted both by nature and by artifice). This explanation sheds light on the ontological status of the union. I suggest that it affords a way of understanding how mind and body form a true unit without compromising Descartes' dualism
Keywords Descartes  mind-body union
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DOI 10.1515/agph.2003.012
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