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Unformatted text preview: Philosophy- Passions of the soul by Decartes word count(excluding citation information): 298 According to Descartes, the virtue of generosity is a habit of the soul. It may be produced by either the soul alone or by the passions of the soul. The virtue that is produced by the soul alone is not equally noble and strong in all people and cannot be improved upon by any individual, because it is an inherent quality ( Passions §161). However, Descartes does say that the virtue of generosity that belongs to the passions of the soul can be corrected by upbringing and education. The passions of the soul are defined by Descartes as thus: “perceptions, sensations, or emotions” ( Passions §27). It is important to note that passions propel a man into action. However, in order to improve upon generosity and similar virtues, a man must align his passions with what is virtuous through the use of reason. Descartes explains the importance of deliberation when he states that if one meditates on the nature of free will, one “may arouse the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Wilson during the Spring '08 term at Emory.
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