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Eternal truths and Cartesian circularity

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'Voluntarism casts no useful light on those aspects of the Meditations that have received the most attention: the truth rule, divine veracity, the relation between those, the Cartesian Circle' (Bennett). In this paper, I shall draw together various strands from recent Descartes scholarship to argue that this is entirely false. When Descartes' voluntarism is understood as central to his epistemological project, not only does it allow us to make more sense of what he says on all these issues, b...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
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10.1080/096087800110045209

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Peter's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis Group Publisher's website
Journal:
British Journal for the History of Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
9
Issue:
2
Pages:
197-220
Publication date:
2001-06-06
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EISSN:
1469-3526
ISSN:
0960-8788
URN:
uuid:470a2dae-494f-4c2c-8cb4-85fc80ac7b05
Local pid:
ora:1536

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