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Descartes's Dualism Paperback – October 30, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0674009684 ISBN-10: 0674009681

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674009681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674009684
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,162,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Descartes's Dualism is] a thorough and careful study of Descartes's account of the mind/soul. (Stephen Gaukroger Time Literary Supplement)

[Descartes's Dualism] is a brilliant book. Rozemond provides an excellent articulation of the dualism of Descartes. Her analytic skills are very high, and her references to the medieval background of Descartes's theory of knowledge are crisp and secure...Rozemond's interest in the medievals also leads to a most informative, and rare, presentation of the influence of the doctrine of transubstantiation on discussions of substance and sense qualities. Among the many books on Descartes, this one ranks with a mere handful in terms of the highest worth. (M. A. Bertman Choice)

[Rozemond's] discussion of the scholastic context of Descartes' arguments is exceedingly clear and informative, and should be read by anyone who really wishes to understand the context and meaning of Descartes' argument. (John Barresi Journal of Consciousness Studies)

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Marleen Rozemond is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Duncan on July 12, 2007
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Marleen Rozemond's Descartes' Dualism is a solid piece of scholarship but primarily of interest for Descartes scholars. In recent years, a discernible trend in Descartes scholarship has been to argue that Descartes is less innovative and revolutionary than has previously been supposed and to attempt to root his distinctive teachings (and to solve the problems evoked by those teachings) in those of the Scholastics to whose views he was exposed in his youth. One aspect of this view has been a tendency to reinterpret Descartes' doctrine of the mind/body relation, sketched in the sixth meditation and discussed in his letters, most prominently in his first two letters to Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia by attempting to show that Descartes held a hylomorphic conception of the human person rather than the traditional substance dualist account. Rozemond's conclusion is that, despite Descartes' use of scholastic terminology (e.g. he refers to the soul as the form of the body) Descartes is not a hylomorphist and remains committed to substance dualism largely because of his overriding commitment to the metaphysical picture dictated by the New Science. I myself am in complete agreement with Rozemond on this point, which after all is the mainstream position in the history of Descartes scholarship.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theofrastus Nihilus on June 4, 2011
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This book s a complete work that explains Descartes' thought of body and mind. This book mainly representates the "strong" dualism, the traditional way to understand Descartes' philosophy.

The book explains also the basic concepts, but mostly it is very advanced philosophy and it is definitely not any kind on basic course.

The book was quite hard to read to me (I am not a native english speaker), so I recommend it especially to people that have a strong background on both philosophy and english language.
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