Introduction: Descartes's Ontology

  title={Introduction: Descartes's Ontology},
  author={Alan Jean Nelson},
  • A. Nelson
  • Published 1 September 1997
  • Philosophy
  • Topoi


Micro-chaos and idealization in cartesian physics
L'A. etudie le cas particulier d'un echec de l'idealisation scientifique: celle employee par Descartes pour definir les lois des chocs. A travers cet exemple, l'A. developpe une double perspective:
Descartes's Theory of Modality
Descartes propounded the allegedly strange, peculiar, curious, and incoherent doctrine that necessary truths are made true by God's voluntary act.' It seems to imply that God could have made
Cartesian Actualism in the Leibniz-Arnauld Correspondence
The correspondence between Leibniz and Arnauld was judged by Leibniz himself to be very useful for understanding his philosophy.1 Historians have concurred in this judgment. Leibniz did not find any
The battle of the gods and giants
Presentation de l'ouvrage de T. M. Lennon intitule «The battle of the gods and giants: the legacies of Descartes and Gassendi, 1655-1715» (1993) qui reprend la metaphore utilisee par Platon dans le
The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Index
These two 1985 volumes provide a translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. They are intended to replace the only reasonably