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Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation$
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Raffaella De Rosa

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570379.001.0001

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Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation

Raffaella De Rosa (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the reader to the problem of sensory misrepresentation in Descartes scholarship and outlines the argumentative strategies for solving it that will be fully developed in the ensuing chapters. It identifies different solutions of the problem stemming from both non‐representationalist and representationalist readings of Cartesians sensations such as causal, teleofunctional and purely internalist accounts. After briefly outlining the reasons for rejecting any of the solutions stemming from the above accounts, this chapter advertises the descriptivist‐causal account of Cartesian sensations that is defended in the book and its solution of the problem of sensory misrepresentation.

Keywords:   sensations, sensory misrepresentation, representational readings, non‐representationalist readings, causal accounts, teleofunctional accounts, internalist accounts, descriptivist‐causal accounts

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