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A certain reading of Descartes, which we refer to as ‘the embodied Descartes’, is emerging from recent scholarship on L’Homme. This reading complicates our understanding of Descartes’s philosophical project: far from strictly separating human minds from bodies, the embodied Descartes keeps them tightly integrated, while animal bodies behave in ways quite distinct from those of other pieces of extended substance. Here, we identify three categories of embodiment in contemporary readings of Descartes’s physiology: 1) bodily health and function, 2) embodied reflex and memory, and 3) embodied cognition. All present more or less strong versions of the embodied Descartes. Together, they constitute a compelling reading of a Cartesian natural philosophy that, if not expressly antidualist, is an awfully long way from the canonical picture.
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Hutchins, Barnaby, Christoffer Basse Eriksen, and Charles Wolfe. “The Embodied Descartes : Contemporary Readings of L’Homme.” Descartes’ Treatise on Man and Its Reception. Ed. Delphine Antoine-Mahut & Stephen Gaukroger. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016. 287–304. Print.
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Hutchins, B., Basse Eriksen, C., & Wolfe, C. (2016). The embodied Descartes : contemporary readings of L’Homme. In D. Antoine-Mahut & S. Gaukroger (Eds.), Descartes’ treatise on man and its reception (pp. 287–304). Dordrecht: Springer.
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Hutchins, Barnaby, Christoffer Basse Eriksen, and Charles Wolfe. 2016. “The Embodied Descartes : Contemporary Readings of L’Homme.” In Descartes’ Treatise on Man and Its Reception, ed. Delphine Antoine-Mahut and Stephen Gaukroger, 287–304. Dordrecht: Springer.
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Hutchins, Barnaby, Christoffer Basse Eriksen, and Charles Wolfe. 2016. “The Embodied Descartes : Contemporary Readings of L’Homme.” In Descartes’ Treatise on Man and Its Reception, ed. Delphine Antoine-Mahut and Stephen Gaukroger, 287–304. Dordrecht: Springer.
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Hutchins B, Basse Eriksen C, Wolfe C. The embodied Descartes : contemporary readings of L’Homme. In: Antoine-Mahut D, Gaukroger S, editors. Descartes’ treatise on man and its reception. Dordrecht: Springer; 2016. p. 287–304.
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B. Hutchins, C. Basse Eriksen, and C. Wolfe, “The embodied Descartes : contemporary readings of L’Homme,” in Descartes’ treatise on man and its reception, D. Antoine-Mahut and S. Gaukroger, Eds. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016, pp. 287–304.
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  abstract     = {A certain reading of Descartes, which we refer to as ‘the embodied Descartes’, is emerging from recent scholarship on L’Homme. This reading complicates our understanding of Descartes’s philosophical project: far from strictly separating human minds from bodies, the embodied Descartes keeps them tightly integrated, while animal bodies behave in ways quite distinct from those of other pieces of extended substance. Here, we identify three categories of embodiment in contemporary readings of Descartes’s physiology: 1) bodily health and function, 2) embodied reflex and memory, and 3) embodied cognition. All present more or less strong versions of the embodied Descartes. Together, they constitute a compelling reading of a Cartesian natural philosophy that, if not expressly antidualist, is an awfully long way from the canonical picture.},
  author       = {Hutchins, Barnaby and Basse Eriksen, Christoffer and Wolfe, Charles},
  booktitle    = {Descartes’ treatise on man and its reception},
  editor       = {Antoine-Mahut, Delphine and Gaukroger, Stephen},
  isbn         = {9783319469874},
  keywords     = {embodiment,Descartes},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {287--304},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Studies in history and philosophy of science},
  title        = {The embodied Descartes : contemporary readings of L’Homme},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46989-8_18},
  year         = {2016},
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