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Argument and Persuasion in Descartes’ Meditations
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Argument and Persuasion in Descartes’ Meditations

David Cunning

Abstract

Descartes’ Meditations is a search after truth in the sense that it contains arguments for a view about the ultimate nature of reality, but it is also a search after truth in that it captures the difficult and error-ridden struggle of a thinker (the meditator) who is moving from an extremely confused representation of reality to a view that is accurate but unexpected. Every single claim of the Meditations is advanced from the first-person point of view of Descartes’ struggling meditator, and so most of the Meditations is confused. At the start of inquiry, and as inquiry unfolds, the meditator ... More

Keywords: analytic method, confusion, ideas, necessitarian, paradigm, pedagogy, primary notion, reception, representation, rhetoric of inquiry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195399608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399608.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Cunning, author
University of Iowa
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