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    Circling Descartes

    McCauley, Harry (2004) Circling Descartes. Maynooth Philosophical Papers, 2. pp. 70-83.

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    From its initial, pre-publication circulation amongst a group of his contemporaries right up to the present day, Descartes’s Meditations has remained a highly controversial philosophical text. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the text is whether a circular argument lies at its very heart – a circular argument which would, quite literally, destroy the very edifice of knowledge which Descartes had tried so hard to rebuild upon secure and solid foundations. In this paper I want to have another look at the Cartesian Circle and to argue that, for all the undoubted ingenuity of Descartes’s various responses to the issue, a damaging circle remains in place and, moreover, I shall argue, it is a circle which outruns Descartes’s standard resources for responding to the charge of circularity.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Descartes
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Philosophy
    Item ID: 422
    Depositing User: Harry McCauley
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2006
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Philosophical Papers
    Publisher: National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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