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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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Clarity and Distinctness

Clarity and Distinctness

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(p.106) Chapter 7 Clarity and Distinctness
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Silencing the Demon's Advocate
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758161.003.0007

This chapter analyzes Rene Descartes' view on the concepts of clarity and distinctness. It examines how Descartes makes ideas clear and distinct, explains the connection of his conception of clarity and distinctness to his conception of essence, and analyzes his view that clarity and distinctness guarantee truth and certainty. The chapter also argues that Descartes' system of ontological concepts allows him to explain how something with one degree of reality can be only conceptually distinct from something at another.

Keywords:   clarity, distinctness, Rene Descartes, ideas, essence, truth, certainty, ontological concepts

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