Descartes’s Translation Problem

Glenn Statile
St. John's University
While attempting to work out the methodological difficulties of the Regulae ad Directionem Ingenii, Descartes encountered a “translation problem.” Clear and distinct intertheoretic translation between the mathematical domains of algebra and geometry couldnot always be achieved. As a result, I will argue that Descartes feels compelled to metaphysically reconstruct the logistics of cognition. Additionally, I will show how Descartes’s strong commitment concerning the role of analogy in the confirmation of scientific hypotheses is not only connected to the rise and fall of the Regulae but can also be considered profitably from the perspective of the translation problem.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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