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  1. The Cartesian Circle.Dugald Murdoch - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (2):221-244.
    This paper suggests that the appearance of circularity in descartes' arguments is due to a lack of precision in his statements of them, Rather than to any flaw in his reasoning. The clear and distinct perceptions presupposed in the demonstrations of the existence of God are not the same as those whose reliability depends upon the existence of god. He is presupposing the reliability only of those clear and distinct perceptions which are known through the light of nature and have (...)
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  • The Cartesian Fallacy Fallacy.Samuel C. Rickless - 2005 - Noûs 39 (2):309-336.
    In this paper, I provide what I believe to be Descartes's own solution to the problem of the Cartesian Circle. As I argue, Descartes thinks he can have certain knowledge of the premises of the Third Meditation proof of God's existence and veracity (i.e., the 3M-Proof) without presupposing God's existence. The key, as Broughton (1984) once argued, is that the premises of the 3M-Proof are knowable by the natural light. The major objection to this "natural light" gambit is that Descartes (...)
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  • Doubt, Certainty, and the Cartesian Circle.Robert Stephen Welch - 1983 - Dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Ever since Arnauld and others first pointed it out in their objections to Descartes' Meditations, philosophers have concerned themselves with what appears to be a vicious circle: that the principle of clarity and distinctness which is employed to validate God's existence is itself in need of a guarantee which only God's existence can provide. In general, contemporary commentators proposing solutions to this problem can be divided into three camps: first, there are those who see reason as autonomous for Descartes and (...)
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  • Discussie.John King-Farlow - 1977 - Philosophia Reformata 42 (1-2):69-73.
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  • Rationes implícitas y sensaciones internas en las Meditationes de Prima Philosophia.Mauricio Otaíza - 2014 - Ideas Y Valores 63 (154):59-83.
    Descartes afirma que el cogito se “experimenta en uno” o se “siente en uno mismo” . Pero el autor también ha señalado que uno no siente sino a través del cuerpo. El problema es que en las Meditaciones el cogito fue caracterizado cuando todavía no se había demostrado la existencia del cuerpo. Pese a esto, Descartes parece haberse dejado influir por ciertas sensaciones internas de duda y certeza. Sostengo que esto fue posible porque esas sensaciones internas son efecto de una (...)
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  • Eternal Truths and Cartesian Circularity.Tim Mawson - 2001 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (2):197 – 220.
    Bennett has said that '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'. In this paper, I shall draw together various strands from recent Descartes scholarship to argue that this is entirely false. When Descartes's 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 (...)
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  • Circularity and Consistency in Descartes.Donald F. Dreisbach - 1978 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):59 - 78.
    The problem of the Cartesian Circle has been with us ever since the publication of the Meditations. This is quite remarkable, since the error of circularity which Descartes is accused of having committed is not a subtle one but is, if there is such an error, a gigantic blunder which is not difficult to discover, which was pointed out to Descartes shortly after the Meditations appeared, and which completely undermines Descartes’ primary project, the establishment of sure and certain knowledge. It (...)
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  • Descartes : Mathematics and Sacredness of Infinity.Adam Drozdek - 1996 - Laval Théologique et Philosophique 52 (1):167-178.