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Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy$
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Walter Ott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570430.001.0001

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The Nude Wax: Cartesian Ontology

The Nude Wax: Cartesian Ontology

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(p.44) 6 The Nude Wax: Cartesian Ontology
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Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570430.003.0007

Before confronting Descartes's positive views on causation and laws of nature, we first have to grasp his underlying ontology. This chapter argues that Descartes conceives of the substance–mode distinction as a kind of determinable–determinate distinction. This will be shown below to have consequences for the concurrentist reading of his work.

Keywords:   substance, mode, determinate, determinable, ontology, Descartes

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