7. Skeptical Detachment or Loving Submission to the Good? Reason, Faith, and the Passions in Descartes

  1. Sarah Coakley
  1. John Cottingham

Published Online: 16 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321997.ch7

Faith, Rationality, and the Passions

Faith, Rationality, and the Passions

How to Cite

Cottingham, J. (2012) Skeptical Detachment or Loving Submission to the Good? Reason, Faith, and the Passions in Descartes, in Faith, Rationality, and the Passions (ed S. Coakley), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118321997.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444361933

Online ISBN: 9781118321997

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Keywords:

  • detachment or loving submission to the good/reason/faith/passions;
  • myth of Cartesian independence;
  • the idea that all human knowledge, is rebuilt from bottom up;
  • reaching God, demonstrative proof or direct encounter;
  • Descartes's philosophy, far from subscribing to presuppositionless inquiry;
  • Descartes's awareness of his own imperfection, in reaching God;
  • profound religious experience, experience of a fissure;
  • role of the passions;
  • Descartes in Meditations, delivering the mind from confusion

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Myth of Cartesian Independence

  • Reaching God: Demonstrative Proof or Direct Encounter?

  • The Role of the Passions