Descartes's Creation Doctrine and Modality

Front Cover
ProQuest, 2008 - 264 pages
0 Reviews
My dissertation is an exploration of Descartes's "creation doctrine". I seek to provide an explanation of what the doctrine means and how it fits within his philosophical system. The creation doctrine states that eternal truths, such as the truths of metaphysics, mathematics, and logic, are freely created by, and depend entirely upon, God. Thus, principles and axioms which we normally hold to be absolutely necessary are not only established by God (thus implying that they came into existence), but also are established by a free act of God (thus implying that they are contingent on a will). I address this subject in response to recent criticism that Descartes's doctrine commits him to incoherence. I believe that Descartes's doctrine can be interpreted more judiciously than has been done in the literature, given his apparent commitments to certain methodological, philosophical, and theological principles.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages

Contents

The Creation Doctrine and Possibilism
19
The Conceptualist Analysis of the Creation Doctrine
53
The NoTheory Theory of Cartesian Modality
84
The Conception of God
126
The Ontological Status of the Eternal Truths
200
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information