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- DescriptionThis book attempts to explain The Meditations (1641), a classic of Western philosophy in which Descartes tries to reach a predetermined end ( perfect certainty ) by means of a definite method ( the method of doubt ). The author argues that many problems of interpretation-including torious problems of circularity-arise from a failure to recognize that Descartes' strategy for attaining certainty is t to add support for his beliefs, but to subtract grounds for doubt. To explain this strategy, Rubin views Descartes as playing the role of a fictional character-The Demon's Advocate-whose beliefs are, in some respects, mirror images of Descartes' own. The purpose of The Meditations, he contends, is to silence The Demon's Advocate.
- Author BiographyRonald Rubin is Professor of the History of Ideas at Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges. Among his published works are Formal Logic: A Model of English (1989) and a translation of Descartes' Meditations (1984).
- Author(s)Ronald Rubin
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication23/04/2008
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight381 g
- Width3564 mm
- Height5499 mm
- Spine585 mm
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