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Demons, dreamers, and madmen : the defense of reason in Descartes's Meditations

Author: Harry G Frankfurt
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2008.
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In this classic work, best-selling author Harry Frankfurt provides a compelling analysis of the question that not only lies at the heart of Descartes's Meditations, but also constitutes the central preoccupation of modern philosophy: on what basis can reason claim to provide any justification for the truth of our beliefs? Demons, Dreamers, and Madmen provides an ingenious account of Descartes's defense of reason  Read more...
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Frankfurt, Harry G., 1929-
Demons, dreamers, and madmen.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007012069
(OCoLC)104877460
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harry G Frankfurt
ISBN: 9781400828180 140082818X 1282086723 9781282086722
OCLC Number: 344100132
Notes: Originally published: Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1970.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 264 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Part One: The First Meditation --
Introduction --
The general overthrow of belief --
The criterion of doubt --
The perception of the physical world --
The strategy of the first meditation --
Simple and universal things --
Mathematics in the first meditation --
Mathematics and the omnipotent deceiver --
Demons, dreamers, and madmen --
Part Two: Reason and Its Validation --
Sum --
Sum res cogitans --
Clear and distinct perception --
Objections to Descartes's rule of evidence --
Memory and doubt --
The validation of reason --
Truth and reality: the Galileo controversy.
Other Titles: Defense of reason in Descartes's Meditations
Demons, dreamers, & madmen
Responsibility: Harry G. Frankfurt ; foreword by Rebecca Goldstein.

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In this classic work, best-selling author Harry Frankfurt provides a compelling analysis of the question that not only lies at the heart of Descartes's Meditations, but also constitutes the central preoccupation of modern philosophy: on what basis can reason claim to provide any justification for the truth of our beliefs? Demons, Dreamers, and Madmen provides an ingenious account of Descartes's defense of reason against his own famously skeptical doubts that he might be a madman, dreaming, or, worse yet, deceived by an evil demon into believing falsely. Frankfurt's masterful and imaginative rea.

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