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By Naaman-Zauderer

This booklet bargains a brand new means of impending where of the desire in Descartes' mature epistemology and ethics. Departing from the generally approved view, Noa Naaman-Zauderer means that Descartes regards the desire, instead of the mind, because the most vital mark of human rationality, either highbrow and functional. via a detailed interpreting of Cartesian texts from the Meditations onward, she brings to mild a deontological and non-consequentialist size of Descartes' later considering, which credit the right kind use of loose will with a constitutive, evaluative position. She exhibits that the fitting use of unfastened will, to which Descartes assigns compulsory strength, constitutes for him an result in its personal correct instead of in simple terms a method for reaching the other finish, even though worthwhile. Her very important research has major implications for the harmony of Descartes' considering, and for the problem of accountability, inviting students to re-examine Descartes' philosophical legacy.

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