Title

The Cartesian Circle: Defending Descartes

Date

6-1-2017 2:30 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Many have argued that Renee Descartes’ reasoning is circular. Many others have also tried to defend his reasoning, and there are as many solutions as there are commentators. This paper defends Descartes against charges of circularity by demonstrating that clear and distinct perceptions are merely a matter of recognition; sometimes a person may think that they perceive something clearly and distinctly when they do not. To defend Descartes, I will provide a close reading of the opening of the Third Meditation. I will then give a few indications for understanding the Fourth Meditation in light of the problem of recognition.

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Jun 1st, 2:30 PM Jun 1st, 3:00 PM

The Cartesian Circle: Defending Descartes

WUC Calapooia Room

Many have argued that Renee Descartes’ reasoning is circular. Many others have also tried to defend his reasoning, and there are as many solutions as there are commentators. This paper defends Descartes against charges of circularity by demonstrating that clear and distinct perceptions are merely a matter of recognition; sometimes a person may think that they perceive something clearly and distinctly when they do not. To defend Descartes, I will provide a close reading of the opening of the Third Meditation. I will then give a few indications for understanding the Fourth Meditation in light of the problem of recognition.