Descartes and the fable of the grounded self

Costa Lima, Luiz (2008) Descartes and the fable of the grounded self. Crossroads, 2 2: 125-132.

Author Costa Lima, Luiz
Title Descartes and the fable of the grounded self
Journal name Crossroads
ISSN 1839-8774
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 125
End page 132
Total pages 8
Editor Matthew Lamb
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld., Australia
Publisher Crossroads
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Excerpted from a chapter which also examines Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud and
Heidegger, this initial section on Descartes looks closely at the argumentation of the
Discours de la method in terms of its narrative framework: presented as it is as a fabula, or
fable. In doing so, Costa Lima identifies a ‘crack’ running through the cogito wherein the
tension between two meanings of ‘representation’ are operating, the first related to
imitatio or limited resemblance, associated more with the ‘hard sciences’, while the other,
related to mimesis is associated more with the so-called ‘social sciences’.
This current discussion on Descartes would, in many ways, fit nicely between the first
and second chapters of Costa Lima’s The Limits of Voice (1996), the first chapter dealing
with Montaigne (excerpted in this Special Issue as “Montaigne and the Consecration of
the Individual”), and the second chapter dealing with Kant and the Romantics.
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Additional Notes Special Issue on Luiz Costa Lima

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Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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