Descartes, conceivability, and logical modality

In Tamara Horowitz (ed.), Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield (1991)

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Lilli Alanen
Uppsala University
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This paper examines Descartes' controversial theory of the creation of eternal truths and the views of modality attributed to Descartes in recent interpretations of it. It shows why attempts to make Descartes' view intelligible by distinctions of different kinds of modality fail to do justice to his theory, which is radical indeed without being incoherent or involving universal possibilism or irrationalism. Descartes' opposition to traditional rationalist views of modality, it suggests, can be seen instead as foreshadowing contemporary views prefixed, logical structure of reality or of the divine intellect.
Keywords God, Modality, Science
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