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Silencing the Demon's AdvocateThe Strategy of Descartes' Meditations$
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Ronald Rubin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758161

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758161.001.0001

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(p.34) Chapter 3 Method
Silencing the Demon's Advocate
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This chapter, which focuses on Rene Descartes' method of analysis for belief and certainty in his Meditations, suggests that his primary rule of method is to accept a proposition into his system of belief if and only if he can convince the Demon's Advocate of its truth. It considers Descartes' analogy about dumping the apples out of a barrel and discusses Harry Frankfurt's interpretation that, to empty the barrel, one need not cease to hold one's beliefs.

Keywords:   method of analysis, Rene Descartes, belief, certainty, Demon's Advocate, Harry Frankfurt

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