Margaret Cavendish and the power of debating with yourself
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.