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Athanassios Raftopoulos
University of Cyprus
  1. Was Cartesian Science Ever Meant to Be a Priori? A Comment on Hatfield.Athanasse Raftopoulos - 1995 - Philosophy of Science 62 (1):150-160.
    In a recent article G. Hatfield claims that Descartes for a certain time thought a purely a priori science to be possible. Hatfield's evidence consists of his reading of the Cartesian method in the Regulae and of a letter to Mersenne, written in May 1632. I argue that Hatfield misinterprets the Cartesian method and Descartes' claim in the letter to Mersenne. I first show that the latter does not argue for an a priori science. Then, I show that the method (...)
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  2. Cartesian Deductivism and Newtonian Inductivism: A Comparative Study.Athanasse Raftopoulos - 1994 - Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
    It has been a traditional claim that Newtonian inductivism sharply contradicts Cartesian deductivism, and that Newton's rejection of the method of hypothesis is intended as a criticism of the Cartesian scientific methodology. There have been some sharp attacks against the received view that Descartes aimed at the construction of a purely a priori science, but despite this two beliefs still dominate even recent interpretations of Descartes' work. The first is the belief that a significant part of Descartes' natural philosophy was (...)
     
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    Descartes' Proof of the Essence of Matter and the Cartesian Scientific System.Athanasse Raftopoulos - 1996 - Journal of Philosophical Research 21:209-229.
    It has been a traditional claim that Descartes sought to construct a deductive scientific system in which everything could be deduced from a priori truths. I shall call this thesis strong a priorism. In view of the overwhelming amount of evidence that Descartes thought experience to be a necessary part of his method, the traditional interpretation has undergone several transformations. One interpretation resulting from this transformation holds that Descartes sought to prove the first principles of natural philosophy in an a (...)
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    Descartes’ Proof of the Essence of Matter and the Cartesian Scientific System.Athanasse Raftopoulos - 1996 - Journal of Philosophical Research 21:209-229.
    It has been a traditional claim that Descartes sought to construct a deductive scientific system in which everything could be deduced from a priori truths. I shall call this thesis strong a priorism. In view of the overwhelming amount of evidence that Descartes thought experience to be a necessary part of his method, the traditional interpretation has undergone several transformations. One interpretation resulting from this transformation holds that Descartes sought to prove the first principles of natural philosophy in an a (...)
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