The body and the brain

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Does self-knowledge help? A rationalist, presumably, thinks that it does: both that self-knowledge is possible and that, if gained through appropriate channels, it is desirable. Descartes notoriously claimed that, with appropriate methods of enquiry, each of his readers could become an expert on herself or himself. As well as the direct, first-person knowledge of self to which we are led in the Meditationes, we can also seek knowledge of our own bodies, and of the union of our minds and our bodies: the latter forms of self-knowledge are inevitably imperfect, but are no less important in guiding our conduct in the search after truth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDescartes' natural philosophy
EditorsStephen Gaukroger, John Schuster, John Sutton
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)0203463013, 9781134600922, 0203771257
ISBN (Print)0203771257, 9780415510707, 0415219930
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy


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