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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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The Validation of Intuition

The Validation of Intuition

(p.88) Chapter 6 The Validation of Intuition
Silencing the Demon's Advocate
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This chapter examines objections to Rene Descartes' reasoning about truth in Meditation IV. It discusses Descartes' strategy for defending himself against the circularity objection and considers the view that Descartes' reply to this objection of circularity commits him to unacceptable “psychologism.” The chapter also argues that if our being compelled to affirm a proposition does guarantee its truth, there can be nothing wrong with the “trickery” of which Descartes is sometimes accused.

Keywords:   reasoning, Meditation IV, Rene Descartes, truth, circularity objection, psychologism

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