Project

Obscurity in Descartes’ physiology

Duration
01 February 2010 → 31 July 2016
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
Keywords
natural philosophy obscurity physiology descartes history and philosophy of science
 
Project description

This project investigates whether ‘obscurity’ (in contrast to clarity and distinctness) plays a significant role in Descartes’ natural philosophy. I argue that, where is obscurity in Descartes, it will be most prominently in his physiology, and that there is no monolithic explanation of obscurity. Rather, it may arise in various ways in the absence of clarity and distinctness.