Descartes' Meditations: A Critical Guide

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Karen Detlefsen
Cambridge University Press, 2013 - History - 264 pages
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Descartes's Meditations, one of the most influential works in western philosophy, continues to provoke discussion and debate. This volume of original essays by leading established and emerging early modern scholars ranges over all six of the Meditations and explores issues such as scepticism, judgement, causation, the nature of meditation and the meditator's relation to God, the nature of personhood, Descartes' theory of sense perception, and his ideas on the nature of substance. The contributors bring new insights to both central and less-studied topics in the Meditations, and connect the work with the rich historical and intellectual context in which Descartes forged his thought. The resulting volume will appeal to a wide range of scholars of early modern thought.
 

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Contents

SKEPTICISM
9
Descartes and content skepticism
25
and material falsity 127
36
how Descartes
45
the nature of Descartes mental substance
64
Causation and causal axioms
82
Sensation and knowledge of body in Descartes Meditations
103
GARY HATFIELD
128
Teleology and natures in Descartes Sixth Meditation
157
The role ofwill in Descartes account ofjudgment
176
God and meditation in Descartes Meazmzzarzs
200
Cartesian selves
226
Bibliography
243
Index
255
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Karen Detlefsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She has previously contributed articles to Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Perspectives on Science and Philosophy Compass.

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