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Margaret Cavendish and the power of debating with yourself

12 mins | Apr 1, 2022
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For her, our internal discussions were something to be harnessed. "At the beginning of her Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, Cavendish explains that ‘By Discourse, I do not mean speech, but an Arguing of the mind … for Discourse is as much as Reasoning with our selves’. Her point is that, when we are thinking through an issue, the reasoning process often takes the form of a back-and-forth." Peter West, a teaching fellow in Early Modern philosophy at Durham University, contemplates the meaning of these words, and what lessons we should take from them.
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