Ideas from 'The Passions of the Soul' by René Descartes [1649], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Passions of the Soul' by Descartes,René (ed/tr Voss,Stephen H.) [Hackett 1989,0-87220-035-3]].

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17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 2. Interactionism
The pineal gland links soul to body, and unites the two symmetrical sides of the body [PG]
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 3. Emotions
For Descartes passions are God-given preservers of the mind-body union [Taylor,C]
Are there a few primary passions (say, joy, sadness and desire)? [Cottingham]
20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 2. Willed Action / b. Volitionism
Merely willing to walk leads to our walking
22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / d. Death
We don't die because the soul departs; the soul departs because the organs cease functioning
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / a. Virtues
Descartes makes strength of will the central virtue [Taylor,C]