Title

Descartes on the Power of ‘Ideas’

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1996

Abstract

Descartes’ discussion of ideas in Meditation III is often seen as the most problematic element in his metaphysical project. A previous paper in this journal offers a reading of Meditation II which attributes to Descartes a conception of the mind as an active power. That view can provide a range of clarifications to Descartes’ Meditation III theory of ideas. This paper will spell out the most central of those clarifications.