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Descartes, Rene - On appetites and emotions



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Rene Descartes – Key Philosophical Writings

... besides these, there are, however, certain things which we experience in ourselves and which should be attributed neither to the mind nor body alone, but to the close and intimate union that exists between the body and the mind ….. such are the appetites of hunger, thirst etc and also the emotions or passions of the mind which do not subsist in mind or thought alone, as the emotions of anger, joy, sadness, love etc; and finally the sensations such as pain pleasure, light and colour, sounds, odours, tastes, heat, hardness and all other tactile qualities........

 It is very true that whenever we err there is some fault in our method of action, or in the manner in which we use our freedom; but for all that there is no defect in our natures, because it is ever the same whether our judgement be true or false.

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