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Edwin Curley, Descartes Was Clearly, in Some Sense, a Foundationalist. He Thought That Among Our Beliefs, Some Are Based on Other Beliefs We Have, Whereas Others Are Not. The Ones Not Based on Others We Can Call Basic Beliefs. The Ones Based on Others We Can Call Derivative Beliefs. Our Basic Beliefs Provide the Foundations for Our System of Beliefs; Our Derivative Beliefs Are the Superstruc-Ture. This Metaphor of Our System of Beliefs as a Building, Which has Foundations and a Superstructure, and Might Collapse If ... [REVIEW]
Of Things Doubtful, Some Years Past I Perceived How Many Falsities I Admitted Off as Truths in My Younger Years, and How Dubious Those Things Were Which I Raised From Thence; and Therefore I Thought It Requisite (If I Had a Designe to Establish Any Thing That Should Prove Firme and Permanent in Sciences) That Once in My Life I Should Clearly Cast Aside All My Former Opinions, and Begin a New From Some First Principles. But This Seemed a Great Task, and I Still Expected That Maturity of Years, Then Which None Could Be More Apt to Receive Learning; Upon Which Account I Waited so Long, That at Last I Should Deservedly Be Blamed Had I Spent That Time in Deliberation Which Remain'd Only for Action.
Lawrence Nolan & Alan Nelson, To a Reader Voyaging Through the Meditations for the First Time, Descartes' Proofs for the Existence of God Can Seem Daunting, Especially the Argument of Meditation III, with its Appeal to Causal Principles That Seem Arcane, and to Medieval Doctrines About Different Modes of Being and Degrees of Reality. First-Time Readers Are Not Alone in Feeling Bewildered. Many Commentators Have Had the Same Reaction. In an Attempt at Charity, Some of Them Have Tried to Tame the Complexity of Descartes' Discussion by ... [REVIEW]
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