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Silencing the demon's advocate : the strategy of Descartes' Meditations

Author: Ronald Rubin
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book attempts to explain The Meditations (1641), a classic of Western philosophy in which Descartes tries to reach a predetermined end ("perfect certainty") by means of a definite method ("the method of doubt"). The author argues that many problems of interpretation - including notorious problems of circularity - arise from a failure to recognize that Descartes' strategy for attaining certainty is not to add  Read more...
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Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes; Descartes, René; Meditationes de prima philosophia.; René Descartes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Rubin
ISBN: 9780804758161 0804758166
OCLC Number: 173243829
Description: xv, 187 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Doubt --
Certainty and stability --
Method --
The riddle of the cogito --
From self to God --
The validation of intuition --
Clarity and distinctness --
God's essence and existence --
Mind and body --
Empirical knowledge.
Responsibility: Ronald Rubin.
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In Silencing the Demon's Advocate, Rubin presents an interpretation of Descartes' Meditations that avoids many of the standard objections to Descartes' reasoning.  Read more...

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