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  1. Descartes's Reply to Gassendi: How We Can Know All of God, All at Once, but Still Have More to Learn About Him.Alice Sowaal - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (3):419 - 449.
    At the crux of Descartes's general metaphysics and epistemology are his accounts of substances, attributes and ideas of substances and attributes. In spite of the centrality of these theories, there is wide disagreement among scholars about how to interpret them. I approach these debates by focusing on Descartes's theory of the infinite substance ? God. I argue that God's attributes are neither individual, inseparable properties that inhere in God (contra Kenny, Wilson, Curley, Hoffman) nor deductions from God (contra Lennon), but (...)
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  • Deducing False Propositions From True Ideas: Nieuwentijt on Mathematical Reasoning.Sylvia Pauw - forthcoming - Synthese:1-19.
    This paper argues that, for Bernard Nieuwentijt, mathematical reasoning on the basis of ideas is not the same as logical reasoning on the basis of propositions. Noting that the two types of reasoning differ helps make sense of a peculiar-sounding claim Nieuwentijt makes, namely that it is possible to mathematically deduce false propositions from true abstracted ideas. I propose to interpret Nieuwentijt’s abstracted ideas as incomplete mental copies of existing objects. I argue that, according to Nieuwentijt, a proposition is mathematically (...)
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