Descartes on the Power of ‘Ideas’
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.
Wagner, Stephen I. "Descartes on the Power of ‘Ideas.’" History of Philosophy Quarterly 13, no. 3 (July 1996): 287-97. http://www.jstor.org/stable/27744708.