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Moral Uncertainty, Feminism and Descartes’ Demon

  • Alison Assiter

Abstract

In this chapter the theme of moral uncertainty in the modern world is addressed through a discussion of Descartes’ mind/body dualism. I suggest that such uncertainty may, to some degree, be attributed to a kind of cultural mind/body dualism which makes reasoned moral judgement virtually impossible. I suggest, further, that a more careful reading of Descartes may help overcome such cultural dualism and establish firmer grounds for practical philosophy.

Keywords

Moral Judgement Physiological Sensation Practical Philosophy Moral Universe Cartesian Dualism 
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