N.1/2018 Studi cartesiani tra Europa e Brasile

Le definizioni della sostanza in Descartes

Mariana de Almeida Campos

Universidade Federal da Bahia – UFBA

Published in June, 2018

The definitions of the substance in Descartes


In this paper, I plan to examine some definitions of substance that Descartes offers in his work. Looking to determine the types of entities that these definitions encompass and giving special attention to the case of human beings, I intend to shed light on aspects of Cartesian philosophy. Among them, the mean- ing of terms such as “substance”, “mode”, and “principal attribute”, which I believe are fundamental tools in understanding dualism and its consequences for the thesis of the body-soul substantial union.


Substance, Mode, Principal Attribute, Dualism, Descartes

G.C.S.I. - Giornale Critico di Storia delle Idee
Rivista internazionale di filosofia

Direzione Editoriale:
Andrea Tagliapietra e Sebastiano Ghisu

Direttore Responsabile:
Giovanni Campus

Autorizzazione del Tribunale di Sassari n.455 del 14/7/2008 - ISSN 2035-732X  ISSN(cartaceo) 2240-7995