Abstract and Keywords
Although Descartes considered human freedom to be of the utmost practical and theoretical importance, his remarks about it are scattered and highly ambiguous, giving rise to several conflicting interpretations of Cartesian freedom—especially as it relates to determinism. This chapter provides a survey of the relevant texts and the competing interpretations, arguing ultimately that for Descartes, human freedom consists in the ability to do the right thing. On this account, freedom is not compatible with being determined to err or to sin, but it is compatible with being determined to embrace the truth or to love God.
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