Cartesian Idealism

DESCARTES had proved his existence to be that of a thing that thinks. Being a geometer, the only oppor- tunity he had now to make any headway was to discover, within the nature of his mind, other natures which he could submit to his analysis. What is it, to be a thing that thinks ? It was, to be knowing a few things, ignoring many others, willing, desiring, imagining and perceiv- ing. For a psychologist, […]

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The Breakdown of Mediaeval Philosophy

HISTORIANS of mediaeval philosophy have to deal with the same problems and to use the same methods as any other historians of philosophy. The only point that is distinctive about their work is that they seldom read purely philosophical books. On the contrary, an historian of medieval theology would be unable to make much headway unless he has previously read a large number of philosophical books. A commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, or […]

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