Descartes An Analytical and Historical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0195380320

ISBN-13: 9780195380323

Edition: 2nd 2013

Authors: Georges Dicker
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List price: $31.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Note on the References and Abbreviations
Meditation I and the Method of Doubt
Descartes's Goal
The Cartesian Doubt
Is The Cartesian Doubt Self-Refuting?
The Deceptiveness of the Senses
The Dream Argument
The Deceiver Argument
Meditation II: The Cogito and the Self
Descartes's "I Am Thinking, Therefore I Exist"
The Certainty of One's Own Thoughts
A Problem for the Cogito
The Substance Theory
A Reconstruction of the Cogito Based on the Substance Theory
Critical Discussion of the Reconstructed Cogito
The Substance Theory and the Argument from Change
The Corollary
The Assumption That Thoughts Are Properties
The Inference to "I Exist"
A Defense of the Unreconstructed Cogito
Does the Unreconstructed Cogito Require an Additional Premise?
Descartes's Conception of the Self
Cartesian Dualism
Meditation III: The Criterion of Truth and the Existence of God
Descartes's Criterion of Truth
The Project of Meditation III
From the Idea of God to God
The Nature of Ideas
Objective Reality and Formal Reality
The Core Argument
The Central Argument of Meditation III: The Subargument, the Core Argument, and the Sequel
Criticisms of Descartes's Central Argument in Meditation III
The Subargument
The Precontainment Prindple
Degrees of Reality
Justifying the Causal Maxim
The Problem of the Cartesian Circle
The Restriction of the Doubt to Past Clear and Distinct Perceptions Defense
The General Rule Defense
The Radical Doubt of Reason and the Creation of the Eternal Truths
The Validation of Reason
A Final Criticism of the Core Argument
Meditation IV: Error, Freedom, and Evil
The Issues of the Fourth Meditation
Error and the Will
Some Possible Objections
Assenting and Deciding to Believe
Irresistibility and Freedom
The Coherence of Cartesian Freedom
Descartes's Troubling Letter to Mesland
Error and Evil
The Problem of Evil
Cartesian Theodicy
Some Critical Reflections
Meditation V: The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God
Descartes's Ontological Argument
Critique of the Ontological Argument
Gaunilo's Objection
Kant's Objection
Further Consideration of Kant's Objection
Caterus�s Objection
Some Implications for Descartes's System
Meditation VI: Dualism and the Material World
The Scope of Meditation VI
Descartes's Proof of the Real Distinction Between Mind and Body
Descartes's Proof of the Material World
Descartes on the Nature of the Material World
Primary and Secondary Qualities
Matter, Space, and Solidity
Bodies as Substances versus Bodies as Modes of Substance
Dualism and the Problem of Interaction
An Assessment of Cartesian Dualism
Bibliography
Index
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