Descartes and First Person Authority

History of Philosophy Quarterly 9 (2):181-189 (1992)

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Steven L. Reynolds
Arizona State University
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Although Descartes apparently needs first person authority for his anti-skeptical project, his scattered remarks on it appear to be inconsistent. Why did he neglect this issue? According to E M Aurley, Descartes was answering Pyrrhonian skeptics, who could not consistently challenge him on it. This paper argues instead that Descartes assumed that his first person premises were certain qua clear and distinct perceptions, leaving first person authority a side issue
Keywords Descartes  First Person Authority
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