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Alanen, Lilli
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Alanen, L. (2015). Conscience de soi et activité cognitive dans les Meditations de Descartes. In: Sandrine Roux (Ed.), Le corps et l'esprit: Problèmes cartésiens, problèmes contemporains (pp. 171-202editions des archives contemporai). Suresnes France: Editions des Archives Contemporaines
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conscience de soi et activité cognitive dans les Meditations de Descartes
2015 (French)In: Le corps et l'esprit: Problèmes cartésiens, problèmes contemporains / [ed] Sandrine Roux, Suresnes France: Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 2015, p. 171-202editions des archives contemporaiChapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Suresnes France: Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 2015
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Philosophy, with specialization in history of philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288473 (URN)9782813001863 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-27
Alanen, L. (2014). Emotions in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century. In: Simo Knuuttila, Juha Sihvola (Ed.), Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind: Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant. Dordrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotions in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century
2014 (English)In: Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind: Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant / [ed] Simo Knuuttila, Juha Sihvola, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer, 2014
Series
Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind ; 12
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240398 (URN)978-94-007-6966-3 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2007-0247
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-01-07
Alanen, L. (2014). Personal Identity, Passions, and "The True Idea of the Human Mind". Hume Studies, 40(1), 3-28
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Personal Identity, Passions, and "The True Idea of the Human Mind"
2014 (English)In: Hume Studies, ISSN 0319-7336, E-ISSN 1947-9921, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 3-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores some strands of the new science of man proposed in Hume's Treatise, focusing on the role given to the passions in Hume's account of personal identity. How is the view of the self with regard to the passions examined in Book 2 supposed to complement, as Hume suggests, that with regard to thought and imagination discussed in Book 1 (T 1.4.6.19; SBN 261)? How should the nature and object of the account there proposed be understood? While it is clear that Hume rejects a metaphysical thesis of the mind as a unitary, simple thinking substance, it is less clear whether he also gives an alternative metaphysical theory of the mind as consisting in a mere succession of discrete impressions and ideas or more modestly offers a description of what we actually observe when inspecting our idea of self. I favor the latter view and argue that Hume's best and most interesting characterization of the mind is the political analogy of the self as a republic or commonwealth that Hume calls a "true idea of the human mind." The mind in this metaphor is compared to a dynamic political system of changing members driven by common or shared goals and interacting in determinate ways regulated by its constitution. This system of interconnected ideas already comes with all the elements that a broader, embodied and social self presupposes. It is thus because the idea of mind or self as sketched in the Section "Of Personal Identity" in Book 1 is grounded in the passions that the examination of their nature and mechanisms in Book 2 can be seen by Hume as actually "corroborating" it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hume Society, 2014
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Philosophy, with specialization in history of philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288445 (URN)10.1353/hms.2014.0013 (DOI)000209649400001 ()
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Alanen, L. (2014). The role of will in Descartes' Account of Judgment. In: Karen Detlefsen (Ed.), Descartes' Meditations: A Critical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of will in Descartes' Account of Judgment
2014 (English)In: Descartes' Meditations: A Critical Guide / [ed] Karen Detlefsen, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014
Series
Cambridge Critical Guides
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240391 (URN)9781107463172 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2007-0247
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-01-07
Alanen, L. (2014). The Second Meditation and the nature of the human mind. In: David Cunning (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Descartes’ Meditations: . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Second Meditation and the nature of the human mind
2014 (English)In: The Cambridge Companion to Descartes’ Meditations / [ed] David Cunning, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014
Series
Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240401 (URN)9781107630482 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2007-0247
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-01-07
Alanen, L. (2012). Spinoza on Passions and Self-Knowledge: The Case of Pride. In: Martin Pickavé, Lisa Shapiro (Ed.), Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy: (pp. 234-254). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spinoza on Passions and Self-Knowledge: The Case of Pride
2012 (English)In: Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy / [ed] Martin Pickavé, Lisa Shapiro, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, p. 234-254Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240388 (URN)10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579914.003.0013 (DOI)9780199579914 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2007-0247
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2016-04-27
Alanen, L. (2011). "Spinoza on the Human Mind". Midwest Studies in Philosophy, XXXV, 4-25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Spinoza on the Human Mind"
2011 (English)In: Midwest Studies in Philosophy, ISSN 0363-6550, Vol. XXXV, p. 4-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Boston, MA & Oxford, UK: , 2011
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Philosophy, with specialization in history of philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288430 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-27
Alanen, L. (2009). "The Metaphysics of Error and Will": Vierte Meditation (1ed.). In: Andreas Kemmerling (Ed.), René Descartes: Meditationen über die Erste Philosophie (pp. 81-100). Berlin: Akademie Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"The Metaphysics of Error and Will": Vierte Meditation
2009 (English)In: René Descartes: Meditationen über die Erste Philosophie / [ed] Andreas Kemmerling, Berlin: Akademie Verlag , 2009, 1, p. 81-100Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2009 Edition: 1
Series
Klassiker Auslegen ; Band 37
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Philosophy, with specialization in history of philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146221 (URN)978-3-05-004352-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2011-02-15 Created: 2011-02-15 Last updated: 2017-06-08Bibliographically approved
Alanen, L. (2008). Descartes's Mind-Body Composites, Psychology and Naturalism. Inquiry, 51(5), 464-484
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Descartes's Mind-Body Composites, Psychology and Naturalism
2008 (English)In: Inquiry, ISSN 0020-174X, E-ISSN 1502-3923, Vol. 51, no 5, p. 464-484Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reflects on the status of Descartes' notion of the mind-body union as an object of knowledge in the framework of his new philosophy of nature, and argues that it should be taken seriously as representing a third kind of real thing or reality—that of human nature. Because it does not meet the criteria of distinctness that the two natures composing it—those of thinking minds and extended bodies— meet, the phenomena referred to it, which are objects of psychology as traditionally understood, fall outside the scope of clear and distinct perception required for knowledge. The prospects for rationalist psychology are bleak, since because of the mind-body union so little of the contents of the human mind are accessible to rational inspection or introspection. Mechanistic natural philosophy on the other hand gives us knowledge only of the physiological and corporeal aspects of the phenomena Descartes classifies as mental. What pertains to the mind-body union can only be known through the senses, moreover, we learn to conceive the mind-body union only through daily experience (“usant seulement de la vie et des conversations ordinaries”, AT 3, 695). I discuss the nature of this experience, and the sense in which Cartesian psychology without being part of his philosophy of nature in the strict sense of the term, can still be seen as a naturalist undertaking in a more traditional sense of nature where life, sentience, reasoning and rational action are all seen as natural phenomena.

National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Theoretical Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100093 (URN)10.1080/00201740802421345 (DOI)000261663100002 ()
Note
Special issue of Inquiry in "Naturalism in Modern Philosophy" Available from: 2009-03-25 Created: 2009-03-25 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
Alanen, L. (2008). "Omnipotence, Modality, and Conceivability". In: Janet Broughton and John Carriero (Ed.), A Companion to Descartes: (pp. 353-371). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Omnipotence, Modality, and Conceivability"
2008 (English)In: A Companion to Descartes / [ed] Janet Broughton and John Carriero, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing , 2008, p. 353-371Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008
Series
Blackwell Companions to Philosophy ; 38
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100092 (URN)978-1-4051-2154-5 (ISBN)
Note

Edited by janet Broughton and John Carriero

Available from: 2009-03-25 Created: 2009-03-25 Last updated: 2016-04-27
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