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26 As Kenneth Clatterbaugh observes (1980: 382), Descartes does not specify in what conditions an efficient cause is total and, except for God, he does not give any examples of a total efficient cause. But since he also applies this principle to finite causes sufficient to produce an alteration in bodies or in the soul, we may assume that a total efficient cause, as used in this principle, signifies something whose presence is sufficient to bring about an alteration in the effect. 23 24 Truth, falsehood, and clear and distinct ideas 21 produced by nothing (Second Replies, AT vii 135: CSM ii 97).
20 Second Replies (AT vii 160–61: CSM ii 113); Third Replies (AT vii 181: CSM ii 127); Fifth Replies (AT vii 366: CSM ii 253). 21 In the Optics, for instance, Descartes says that “in order to have sensory perception the soul does not need to contemplate any images resembling the thing which it perceives” (AT vi 114: CSM i 166). Likewise, he writes in The World that “although everyone is commonly convinced that the ideas we have in our mind are wholly similar to the objects from which they proceed, nevertheless I cannot see any reason which assures us that this is so” (AT xi 3: CSM i 81).
See also Jolley (1990: 36–39). 46 To say that true and immutable natures are potential or possible objective beings surely does not explain what exactly their ontological status is qua possible objects of true thoughts: whether they inhere potentially in the mind (as in Wells 1990), or whether they constitute Third-Realm Platonic entities, which are neither extending beings nor objective beings in the mind (as in Kenny 1970). Other scholars suggest viewing these natures as identified with God’s decrees (Schmaltz 1991: 137–39), or, alternatively, with the objects having those true and immutable natures (Cunning 2003).