Marleen Rozemond






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  • BA 1979 (French literature and linguistics, Free University, Amsterdam)
  • PhD 1989 (UCLA)

Prof. Rozemond’s current research project focuses on what following Kant is often called “the Achilles Argument”.  This argument contends that the mind must be immaterial and immortal on the ground that the subject of the mental must be simple.

For more information visit Prof. Rozemond’s personal website.


Research Interests:

Early Modern Philosophy


  • Descartes’s Dualism (Harvard 1998)
  • “The Faces of Simplicity  in Descartes’s Soul”, Partitioning the Soul: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Debates, 2014. ed. by Klaus Corcilius & Dominik Perler, Berlin & New York: W. de Gruyter.
  • “Mills Can’t Think: Leibniz’s Approach to the Mind-Body Problem” Res Philosophica 2014, pp. 1-28.
  • “Pasnau on the Material-Immaterial Divide in Early Modern Philosophy”, Philosophical Studies 2014, pp. 1-14.
  • “Unity in the Multiplicity of  Suárez’ Soul”,  in Benjamin Hill and Henrik Lagerlund eds., The Philosophy of Francisco Suarez, Oxford University Press 2012, pp. 154-172.
  • “Separability, Real Distinction and Corporeal Substance in Descartes”, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 2011, Peter French, Howard Wettstein and John Carriero eds., Wiley Blackwell Publishing, pp. 240-258.
  • “Descartes and the Immortality of the Soul”, in Mind, Method and Morality: Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny, Oxford University Press, 2010, John Cottingham and Peter Hacker eds.
  • “Can Matter Think? The Mind-Body Problem in the Clarke-Collins Correspondence”, Topics in Early Modern Philosophy of Mind, Jon Miller  ed.,  Springer Verlag, 2009)
  • “Leibniz on Final Causation”, Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams, Oxford University Press 2009, pp. 279-294.
  • “Descartes’s  Ontology of the Eternal Truths“, in Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Essays in  Honor of Vere Chappell, Paul Hoffman, David Owen, Gideon Yaffe eds., Broadview Press, 2008, pp. 41-63.
  • “The Achilles Argument and the Nature of Matter in the Clarke-Collins Correspondence”, (The Achilles of Rational Psychology, T. Lennon and R. Stainton eds., Springer Verlag, 2008)
  • “Peach Trees, Gravity and God: Locke on Mechanism”, with Gideon Yaffe, (British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2004)
  • “Descartes on Mind-Body Union and Holenmerism”, (Philosophical Topics, 2003).
  • “Descartes on Mind-Body Interaction: What’s the Problem?” (Journal of the History of Philosophy 1999)
  • “Leibniz on the Union of Body and Soul”, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 1997, pp. 150-178
  • “The First Meditation and the Senses”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 1996. pp. 21-52
  • “Descartes’s Case for Dualism”, The Journal of the History of Philosophy, 1995, pp. 29-63.  Reprinted in The Rationalists: Critical Essays on Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz, Derk Pereboom ed., Rowman and Littlefield 1999
  • “Evans on De Re Thought”, Philosophia, 1994, pp. 279-298
  • “The Role of the Intellect in Descartes’s Case for the Incorporeity of the Mind”, in Essays on the Philosophy and Science of René Descartes, Stephen Voss, ed., Oxford University Press, 1993, pp. 97-114 (18 pages).

“Unity in the Multiplicity  of  Suárez’ Soul” (36 pages),  in Henrik Lagerlund ed., New Essays on the Philosophy of Francisco Suarez, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

In progress
  • “Descartes’s Simple Soul”
  • “Mills Can’t Think: Leibniz’ Approach to the Mind-Body Problem”

For more of Prof. Rozemond’s publications visit PhilPapers.


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