Descartes's conceptual distinction and its ontological import

Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (2):121-144 (2004)
Abstract
: Descartes' conceptual distinction (or distinctio rationis) is commonly understood to be a distinction created by the mind's activity without a foundation in re. This paper challenges this understanding partially based on a letter to an unknown correspondent in which Descartes claims not to admit distinctions without a foundation. He goes on to claim that his conceptual distinction is not a distinctio rationis ratiocinantis (i.e. a distinction of reasoning reason) but is something like a formal distinction or, more precisely, a distinctio ! rationis ratiocinatae (i.e. a distinction of reasoned reason). This remark is then explored through Descartes' other writings and his scholastic intellectual heritage. I conclude that Descartes' conceptual distinction just is a formal distinction understood as a distinctio rationis ratiocinatae as expressed in the works of Scotus, Suarez and Eustachius, and so it has a foundation in re in very much the same way as a formal distinction
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1353/hph.2004.0036
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 25,711
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
The Duck's Leg: Descartes's Intermediate Distinction.Deborah J. Brown - 2011 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 35 (1):26-45.
The False Dichotomy Between Objective and Subjective Interpretations of Spinoza's Theory of Attributes.Noa Shein - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (3):505 – 532.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

29 ( #169,773 of 2,146,261 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #279,803 of 2,146,261 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums