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Descartes on the Human Soul

Philosophy and the Demands of Christian Doctrine


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 1-6
  3. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 7-53
  4. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 54-66
  5. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 67-113
  6. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 114-160
  7. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 273-306
  8. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 307-339
  9. C. F. Fowler
    Pages 411-414
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 415-442

About this book


The author's aim of providing an understanding of the development, content and presentation of two aspects of Descartes' philosophy of the human soul - immortality and body-soul union - has been achieved and executed with rigour, scholarship and philosophical acuity. Fowler combines close textual analysis with a consideration of the philosophical arguments and the theological background against which these arguments were developed. This contextual approach enables him to provide new insights into the nature of Descartes' philosophy, and indeed of early modern philosophy more generally. Despite the massive scholarly documentation, this finely structured and clearly written study is eminently readable. The work is a significant contribution to the world of Cartesian scholarship which professors and graduate students of Descartes, as well as the world's libraries, must have.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Descartes on the Human Soul
  • Book Subtitle Philosophy and the Demands of Christian Doctrine
  • Authors C.F. Fowler
  • Series Title International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idées
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5473-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6017-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-4804-7
  • Series ISSN 0066-6610
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 442
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Man
    Modern Philosophy
    History, general
    Religious Studies, general
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