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Argument and persuasion in Descartes' Meditations

Author: David Cunning
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2010.
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"Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy has proven to be not only one of the canonical texts of Western philosophy, but also the site of a great deal of interpretive activity in scholarship on the history of early modern philosophy over the last two decades. David Cunning's monograph proposes a new interpretation, which is that from beginning to end the reasoning of the Meditations is the first-person reasoning  Read more...
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Named Person: René Descartes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Cunning
ISBN: 9780195399608 0195399609 9780199380305 0199380309
OCLC Number: 439210734
Description: ix, 235 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The problem of the first-person point-of-view --
Epistemic position and the First meditation --
Imagining mind and body --
The idea of a Supreme Being --
Truth and imprecision in the Fourth meditation --
Another proof of the existence of God --
Confusion and mind-body union --
The post-Meditations meditator --
Problems with Descartes' method and its implementation --
Philosophical inquiry and the problem of current commitments.
Responsibility: David Cunning.

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This monograph on Descartes' "Meditations" shows that it is as much about pedagogy as it is about truth. Every single claim of the Meditations is advanced from the first-person point-of-view of  Read more...

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