chapter  VIII
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Objective Being in Descartes: That Which We Know or That By Which We Know?

WithDeborah Brown

What is it for an idea to be of something, a tiger say, and yet neither resemble a tiger nor represent it as it is? What would make it the idea it is, namely, the idea of a tiger? Answering this question on behalf of Descartes would, I think, tell us much about how he understood the relationship between the mind and its objects. It would also tell us much about how he conceived of the relationship between the knower and the known.