Download PDF by Thomas C. Vinci: Cartesian Truth

By Thomas C. Vinci

ISBN-10: 0195113292

ISBN-13: 9780195113297

Daring and pioneering, this publication makes a close historic and systematic case that Descartes's idea of information is a sublime and robust mixture of a priori, naturalistic, and dialectical components meriting critical attention via either modern analytic philosophers and postmodern thinkers. during making this situation Thomas Vinci develops a huge reinterpretation of Cartesian suggestion that unlocks novel suggestions to a few of the so much vexed questions in Cartesian scholarship.

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Beliefs are inclinations to affirm contents presented by ideas to the will. Intuitions are ideas that both present contents for affirmation and also cause inclinations to affirm. Intuitions thus cause beliefs; they are not a species of belief. So Descartes's conception of intuitive cognition shares some properties with our concept of knowledge and exhibits some contrasts with several other concepts with which our concept of knowledge also exhibits contrasts. Does such a role confer on intuition an epistemic character that merits the name "knowledge"?

As we have already said, there can be no falsity in the mere intuition of things, be they simple or conjoined. In that respect they are not called 'problems'; but they acquire that name as soon as we decide to make a definite judgement about them. (AT X, 432; CSM I, 53; my emphasis) Although there is no explicit assertion that intuitions are not by themselves capable of truth, the clauses I have emphasized suggest that they are not, a suggestion reinforced by the final clause, in which the name "problems" (everything that is either truth or falsity) is associated with acts of judgment rather than with intuitions.

But I maintain that this awareness of this is not true knowledge, since no act of awareness that can be rendered doubtful seems fit to be called knowledge. i). But Descartes would regard the "ungrounded" and "isolated" nature of intuitive awareness as unsuiting it for the role of knowledge only if he has a fundamentally coherentist account of knowledge. Presumably Cottingham is suggesting that this is just how we should understand Cartesian epistemology. There is, however, another way to understand Descartes's doctrine that does not have this rather drastic effect on our traditional understanding of Cartesian epistemology as paradigmatically foundational.

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