Mind 94 (374):244-249 (1985)

Field Field
Northwest Missouri State University
The primary purpose of this paper is to offer an interpretation of Descartes' proof of the existence of matter as found in Meditation VI--an interpretation that is, I believe, the only one consistent with the relevant texts. The one guiding principle I use in offering this interpretation is the principle of charity, that is, when one interprets any philosopher's argument, and unsound argument should not be accepted as his unless there is no alternative interpretive argument that is both sound and consistent with the relevant texts of that philosopher.
Keywords matter  dualism  Descartes
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DOI 10.1093/mind/XCIV.374.244
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