Le varietà del naturalismo

Le varietà del naturalismo

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Philosophica

Descartes aux limites du naturalisme
« La force qu’a l’âme de mouvoir le corps »

Denis Kambouchner
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
denis.kambouchner@univ-paris1.fr

DOI 10.30687/978-88-6969-325-0/007

Submitted 05 Feb 2019
Accepted 25 Feb 2019

Abstract

In order to appreciate the distance between the Cartesian theory of man and a naturalistic programme, it is necessary to ask what exactly Descartes means by “the soul’s power to move the body”. A precise examination of the Cartesian texts, especially the Treatise on Man and The Passions of the Soul, will lead to the exclusion of any direct action of the soul on the body. All the action of the soul goes through the formation of certain images in the brain, which determine certain flows of animal spirits, and as for the passions, the effectiveness of this action is mainly a matter of habit. The spontaneity of thought does not preclude considering the ‘force of the soul’ as associated with the ‘disposition of the brain’. Conversely, nothing in the Cartesian texts allows us to eliminate this spontaneity where we experience it.

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Cartesianism. Dualism. Soul and body unity. Will.


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Kambouchner Denis

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Descartes aux limites du naturalisme

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fr

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In order to appreciate the distance between the Cartesian theory of man and a naturalistic programme, it is necessary to ask what exactly Descartes means by “the soul’s power to move the body”. A precise examination of the Cartesian texts, especially the Treatise on Man and The Passions of the Soul, will lead to the exclusion of any direct action of the soul on the body. All the action of the soul goes through the formation of certain images in the brain, which determine certain flows of animal spirits, and as for the passions, the effectiveness of this action is mainly a matter of habit. The spontaneity of thought does not preclude considering the ‘force of the soul’ as associated with the ‘disposition of the brain’. Conversely, nothing in the Cartesian texts allows us to eliminate this spontaneity where we experience it.

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Philosophica

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2019-07-27

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2019-02-05

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2019-02-25

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http://doi.org/10.14277/978-88-6969-325-0/007

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2610-8933

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2610-8925

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978-88-6969-326-7

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978-88-6969-325-0

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Cartesianism

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Dualism

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Soul and body unity

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Will

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