Descartes on the Power of ‘Ideas’

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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.