Descartes and the possibility of enlightened freedom

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This paper offers a novel interpretation of Descartes's conception of freedom that resolves an important tension at the heart of his view. It does so by appealing to the important but overlooked distinction between possessing a power, exercising a power, and being in a position to exercise a power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-534
Number of pages36
JournalRes Philosophica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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