Abstract: Social and political unions, according to Descartes, are forged through love. On the cognitive side of the equation, love involves an imagination of oneself as a lesser part of a greater whole and the assent of the will to union with others in that whole. On the side of the world, these unions are “real and actual” and involve an almost organic integration of their parts. This paper explores the complex roles of the passion of love and the will in forging these unities and the kinds of mereological commitments on Descartes’ behalf they represent.
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