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Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation

Raffaella De Rosa


While much has been written on Descartes' theory of mind and ideas, no systematic study of his theory of sensory representation and misrepresentation is currently available in the literature. This book is an ambitious attempt to fill this gap. It argues against the established view that Cartesian sensations are mere qualia by defending the view that they are representational; it offers a descriptivist-causal account of their representationality that is critical of, and differs from, all other extant accounts (such as, for example, causal, teleofunctional and purely internalist accounts); and i ... More

Keywords: Descartes, ideas, sensations, sensory misrepresentation, secondary qualities, internalism, qualia, causal accounts, teleofunctional accounts, descriptivist-causal accounts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570379
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raffaella De Rosa, author
Rutgers University
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