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Res Philosophica


published on September 13, 2017

Daniel Fogal
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.1503

Descartes and the Possibility of Enlightened Freedom

This paper offers a novel interpretation of Descartes’s conception of freedom that resolves an important tension at the heart of his view. It does so by appealing to the important but overlooked distinction between possessing a power, exercising a power, and being in a position to exercise a power.