What Descartes Did Not Know

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  • Kristoffer Ahlström
Descartes’ epistemologies of meditation and sense imply that we cannot know anything about the mind-body union, either in the Cartesian sense of having scientia or, more interestingly, in terms of any other concept of knowledge available to Descartes. After considering the implications of this conclusion for what we may know about mind-body interaction, it becomes clear that, on Descartes’ view, we at best can be said to know that mind-body interaction, if it does in fact take place, does not violate a set of causal principles, without knowing how mind and body interact, or even if they interact at all.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Value Inquiry
VolumeVol. 44
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)297-311
Number of pages15
ISSN0022-5363
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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