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Cogito?Descartes and Thinking the World$
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Joseph Almog

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337716.001.0001

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Thinking about the Sun II: Thinking-about versus Knowing-which

Thinking about the Sun II: Thinking-about versus Knowing-which

(p.35) THREE Thinking about the Sun II: Thinking-about versus Knowing-which

Joseph Almog

Oxford University Press

This chapter continues the discussion on thinking about the sun. It examines Descartes' principle (D): “No being for a thing in my mind without a causal process inculcating information from it into my mind”. It argues that the principle tends to engender two recurring worries in most students (audiences). First, there is a worry about the fabric (composition) of the sun-traces: what are the sun traces just mentioned thereof? This is the trace-fabric question. The second worry concerns that apparent dismissal of Descartes' one object, two modes principle. This is the representational-role question.

Keywords:   Descartes, thinking, sun, knowing, trace-fabric question, representational-role question

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