• Mathesis und Phantasie. Die Rolle der Einbildungskraft im Umfeld der Descartes’schen Regulae

    Author(s):
    Enrico Pasini (see profile)
    Date:
    1992
    Group(s):
    Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Science Studies and the History of Science
    Subject(s):
    Early modern philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Descartes, imagination, Leibniz, Tschirnhaus
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    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/q1qh-ar02
    Abstract:
    A particular aspect of the confrontation between modern philosophy and the aristotelian tradition regards the so-called psychology of faculties. On this ground, it is for modern thought much harder, in comparison to the field of natural sciences, to differentiate itself from concepts, theories, and terminologies which characterize the still fruitful traditional approach. Focusing the “Regulae ad directionem ingenii” – young Descartes' first writing about methodology, intended to set the foundation of a ‘mathesis generalis’ – these problems are discussed as far as the role of imagination is concerned. Two are the main questions: the presence of mental images in thought processes, and the cognitive functions of the imagination. In the “Regulae” Descartes proposes some examples of intuitive, not-imaginative cognition, a thorough analysis of which shows the difficulties in young Descartes' approach. Different solutions will be proposed by Descartes himself and by most Cartesians, on the one hand, and by Tschirnhaus on the other hand. Leibniz's peculiar solution is finally considered.
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