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A General Theory of Clarity and Distinctness

Kurt Smith

in Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583652
eISBN:
9780191723155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter a general theory of clarity and distinctness is developed, as it is found in one of the earliest of Descartes's writings, the Rules. Here, the chapter explains that the systematic ... More


Arguments from Order to Design

Herman Philipse

in God in the Age of Science?: A Critique of Religious Reason

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199697533
eISBN:
9780191738470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697533.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

According to Swinburne’s Bayesian argument from temporal order, the fact that our universe is ordered by relatively simple laws of nature is more probable if God exists than if he does not. If God ... More


Epistemic Position and the First Meditation

David Cunning

in Argument and Persuasion in Descartes’ Meditations

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195399608
eISBN:
9780199866502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399608.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter treats a number of interpretive issues including the ontological status of the simple natures that survive the painter analogy, the transparent truths and whether or not they are clearly ... More


The Third Primitive Notion

Jean-Luc Marion

in On Descartes' Passive Thought: The Myth of Cartesian Dualism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226192581
eISBN:
9780226192611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226192611.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The “union” of the meum corpus has emerged as a third primitive notion alongside mind and body. How is such a third notion to be reconciled with Descartes’ earlier account of the simple natures? Does ... More


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