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Res Philosophica

Volume 94, Issue 4, October 2017

Daniel Fogal
Pages 499-534
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.

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