Descartes’ Efforts to Secure Mind-Body Union

  • C. F. Fowler
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idées book series (ARCH, volume 160)


In the brief period between the publication of the Admiranda in April 1643 and the appearance in May of Descartes’ reply, the Epistola ad Voetium, the Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia wrote her first letter to Descartes.1 The malheur that afflicted Elizabeth at the time and prevented her from receiving Descartes in person at The Hague was fortunate for posterity, occasioning as it did the initiation of a remarkable correspondence that would last until Descartes’ death in 1650.2


Human Person Human Soul Substantial Union Primitive Notion Real Distinction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. F. Fowler
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  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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