On Descartes’ Passive Thought

The Myth of Cartesian Dualism

Jean-Luc Marion

On Descartes’ Passive Thought

Jean-Luc Marion

304 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780226192581 Will Publish April 2018
E-book $50.00 ISBN: 9780226192611 Will Publish April 2018
Translator’s Introduction
Bibliographic Note


§1. The Delay of Interpretations

1          The Existence of Material Things or the “Scandal of Philosophy”

§2. The Sixth Meditation as Aporia
§3. Kant’s Critique
§4. Three Weaknesses in the Demonstration of the Existence of Material Things
§5. The Historical Confirmation of the “Scandal” by Descartes’ Successors
§6. A Critique of Kant’s Critique

2          Bodies and My Flesh

§7. A New Distinction
§8. Arcte, “very closely”
§9. Meum corpus: The Husserlian Moment
§10. In/commoda: The Heideggerian Moment
§11. A Revision of the Existence of Material Things

3          The Indubitable and the Unnoticed

§12. Indecisiveness (1632) and Confusion (1637)
§13. The Finally Indubitable Flesh (1641)
§14. A Doubtful Doubting (1641)
§15. Recapitulation and Confirmations of the Flesh
§16. The Modalities of the Cogito and the Privilege of Passivity

4          The Third Primitive Notion

§17. From Simple Natures to Primitive Notions
§18. The Third Is the First
§19. The Ontic Paradoxes
§20. The Epistemological Paradox
§21. Meum corpus and the Exception

5          Union and Unity

§22. The Question of Exception in the Replies
§23. Regius and the ens per accidens
§24. The ens per se, Suárez, and Descartes
§25. The Sole Substantial Form
§26. The Substantial Union without Third Substance

6          Passion and Passivity

§27. From Action and Passion to Cause
§28. To Think Passively, or Thought as Passion
§29. All That the Soul Senses
§30. Generosity, or the Will as Passion
§31. Virtue and Passion


§32. Descartes’ Advance
Index of Names
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