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Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern PhilosophyKnowledge, Mind and Language$
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John Marenbon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265499

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265499.001.0001

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Faculties of the Soul: Response to Dominik Perler

Faculties of the Soul: Response to Dominik Perler

(p.39) Faculties of the Soul: Response to Dominik Perler
Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern Philosophy

Andrew Pyle

British Academy

This chapter seeks to do three things. It raises a few remaining difficulties for Perler's account of the soul and its faculties in Suarez and Descartes. The chapter then proceeds to discuss the early modern critique of faculties and suggests a modest response for the defender of faculty-talk. Faculty-talk, it argues, may serve two modest but useful taxonomic roles in our thinking both about nature and about the mind. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Malebranche's critique of the notion of faculties of the mind, and his contention that the supposed faculties of intellect and will are really distinct neither from one another nor from the substance of the mind itself.

Keywords:   faculty, Malebranche, real distinction

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