Descartes and the Possibility of Enlightened Freedom

Res Philosophica 94 (4):499-534 (2017)
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Abstract

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.

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Daniel Fogal
New York University

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