The Will to Reason: Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes

2016.08.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews C. P. Ragland, The Will to Reason: Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes, Oxford University Press, 2016, 255pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.08.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews C. P. Ragland, The Will to Reason: Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes, Oxford University Press, 2016, 255pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190264451. Reviewed by David Cunning, University of Iowa There is much to admire in C. P. Ragland's book.  He takes on a series of overarching aims: among them, to highlight the respects in which Descartes's corpus is a record of the struggle of human reason to resolve critical antinomies, including an antinomy surrounding free will and divine preordination (40-41, 231-235); to defend an interpretation according to which Descartes holds that free will is a matter of being unconstrained by influences external to the mind (103); to argue that in cases of clear and distinct perception the will is free in that it is not constrained by influences external to the mind, but nonetheless it is not able to refrain from affirming its object (6, 137-140); to argue that in cases that fall. . .

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