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    Argument and Persuasion in Descartes' Meditations.David Cunning - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    This important volume will be of great interest to scholars of early modern philosophy.
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  2. Cavendish.David Cunning - 2016 - Routledge.
    Margaret Cavendish was a philosopher, poet, scientist, novelist, and playwright of the seventeenth century. Her work is important for a number of reasons. It presents an early and compelling version of the naturalism that is found in current-day philosophy; it offers important insights that bear on recent discussions of the nature and characteristics of intelligence and the question of whether or not the bodies that surround us are intelligent or have an intelligent cause; it anticipates some of the central views (...)
     
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    Cavendish on the Intelligibility of the Prospect of Thinking Matter.David Cunning - 2006 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 23 (2):117 - 136.
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    Systematic Divergences in Malebranche and Cudworth.David Cunning - 2003 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (3):343-363.
    : For Cudworth, God would be a drudge if He did each and every thing, and so the universe contains plastic natures. Malebranche argues that finite power is unintelligible and thus that God does do each and every thing. The supremacy of God is reflected in the range of His activity and also in the manner of His activity: He acts by general non-composite volitions. Malebranche (like Cudworth) is careful to adjust other aspects of his system to square with his (...)
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  5. Cognition and Modality in Descartes.Alan Nelson & David Cunning - 1999 - Acta Philosophica Fennica 64:137-154.
     
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    Margaret Lucas Cavendish.David Cunning - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Descartes on the Dubitability of the Existence of Self.David Cunning - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1):111 - 131.
    In a number a passages Descartes appears to insist that "I am, I exist" and its variants are wholly indubitable. These passages present an intractable problem of interpretation in the face of passages in which Descartes allows that any result is dubitable, "I am, I exist" included. Here I pull together a number of elements of Descartes' system to show how all of these passages hang together. If my analysis is correct, it tells us something about the perspective that Descartes (...)
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    Descartes' Modal Metaphysics.David Cunning - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Fifth Meditation Tins Revisited: A Reply to Criticisms of the Epistemic Interpretation.David Cunning - 2008 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1):215 – 227.
    (2008). Fifth meditation TINs revisited: A reply to criticisms of the epistemic interpretation. British Journal for the History of Philosophy: Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 215-227.
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    True and Immutable Natures and Epistemic Progress in Descartes's Meditations.David Cunning - 2003 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (2):235 – 248.
    In the _Fifth Meditation, Descartes introduces a being for which his system appears to leave no room. He clearly and distinctly perceives geometrical properties and concludes that, even though they may not actually exist, their _true and immutable natures exist nonetheless. Here I argue that the wedge that Descartes drives between an object and its true and immutable nature is only temporary and that, in the final analysis, a true and immutable nature of any X is just X itself. Given (...)
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    Malebranche and Occasional Causes.David Cunning - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (3):471–490.
    In VI.ii.3 of The Search After Truth Malebranche offers an argument for the view that only God is a cause. Here I defend an interpretation of the argument according to which Malebranche is supposing (quite rightly) that if there is a necessary connection between a cause and its effect, then if creatures were real causes, God's volitions would not be sufficient to bring about their intended effects. I then consider the argument from constant creation that Malebranche offers in Dialogues on (...)
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  12. Modality and Cognition in Descartes.Alan Nelson & David Cunning - 1999 - Acta Philosophica Fennica 64:137.
     
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    Descartes on the Immutability of the Divine Will.David Cunning - 2003 - Religious Studies 39 (1):79-92.
    Descartes holds that God's will is immutable. It cannot be changed by God and, because He is supremely independent, it cannot be changed by anything else. Descartes' God acts by a single immutable will for all eternity, and there is no sense in which it is possible for Him to will or to have willed anything other than what He in fact wills. Passages in which Descartes might appear to be suggesting a different view are simply manifestations of his analytic (...)
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    Semel in Vita: Descartes’ Stoic View on the Place of Philosophy in Human Life.David Cunning - 2007 - Faith and Philosophy 24 (2):165-184.
    In his June 1643 letter to Princess Elizabeth, Descartes makes a claim that is a bit surprising given the hyper-intellectualism of the Meditations and other texts. He says that philosophy is something that we should do only rarely. Here I show how Descartes’ recommendation falls out of other components of his system—in particular his stoicism and his views on embodiment. A consequence of my reading is that to an important degree the reasoning of the Fourth Meditation is the imprecise reasoning (...)
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  15. Agency and Consciousness.David Cunning - 1999 - Synthese 120 (2):271-294.
    In Intentionality and other works, John Searle establishes himself as a leading defender of the view that consciousness of what one is doing is always a component of one'€™s action. In this paper I focus on problems with Searle'€™s view to establish that there are actions in which the agent is not at all aware of what she is doing. I argue that any theory that misses this sort of action keeps us from important insights into autonomy, self-knowledge and responsibility.
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    Semel in Vita.David Cunning - 2007 - Faith and Philosophy 24 (2):165-184.
    In his June 1643 letter to Princess Elizabeth, Descartes makes a claim that is a bit surprising given the hyper-intellectualism of the Meditations and other texts. He says that philosophy is something that we should do only rarely. Here I show how Descartes’ recommendation falls out of other components of his system—in particular his stoicism and his views on embodiment. A consequence of my reading is that to an important degree the reasoning of the Fourth Meditation is the imprecise reasoning (...)
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    Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period.David Cunning - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (5):997-1001.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 19, Issue 5, Page 997-1001, September 2011.
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    Review of David Skrbina, Panpsychism in the West[REVIEW]David Cunning - 2005 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (11).
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    Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II. [REVIEW]David Cunning & Seth Jones - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):644-645.
    This book is the second of two volumes on a myriad of issues surrounding the early modern distinction between the embodied self and the immaterial self that is one of its components. One of the theses of the book is that, although canonical philosophers like Descartes and Malebranche hold that it is in some sense the latter that is our true self, and although they expend a significant amount of their corpus trying to help us to touch base with it, (...)
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    Descartes on God and the Products of His Will.David Cunning - 2013 - In Jeanine Diller & Asa Kasher (eds.), Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities. Springer. pp. 175--193.
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  21. Margaret Cavendish.David Cunning - 2016 - Routledge.
    Margaret Cavendish was a philosopher, poet, scientist, novelist, and playwright of the seventeenth century. Her work is important for a number of reasons. It presents an early and compelling version of the naturalism that is found in current-day philosophy; it offers important insights that bear on recent discussions of the nature and characteristics of intelligence and the question of whether or not the bodies that surround us are intelligent or have an intelligent cause; it anticipates some of the central views (...)
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  22. Margaret Cavendish: Essential Writings.David Cunning - 2019 - Oup Usa.
    The Seventeenth-Century philosopher, scientist, poet, playwright, and novelist Margaret Cavendish took a creative and systematic stand on major questions in philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and political philosophy. This is the first volume to provide a cross-section of Cavendish's writings, views and arguments, along with introductory material. It excerpts the key portions of all her texts including annotated notes highlighting the interconnections between them. Including a general introduction by Cunning, the book will allow students to work toward a systematic picture (...)
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  23. The Cambridge Companion to Descartes’ Meditations.David Cunning (ed.) - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Descartes' enormously influential Meditations seeks to prove a number of theses: that God is a necessary existent; that our minds are equipped to track truth and avoid error; that the external world exists and provides us with information to preserve our embodiment; and that minds are immaterial substances. The work is a treasure-trove of views and arguments, but there are controversies about the details of the arguments and about how we are supposed to unpack the views themselves. This Companion offers (...)
     
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