Newman and the proof of the external world in Descartes's meditations

British Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (1):123 – 130 (2001)
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Abstract

In Descartes's _Third Meditation, the mediator states that he may have unknown faculties that could cause his ideas of corporeal things. His proof of the external world in the _Sixth Meditation, however, clearly relies on the assumption that he does not have such unknown faculties. This paper examines Lex Newman's attempt to resolve this apparent inconsistency. I argue that the attempt is not altogether successful

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