Monthly Archives: March 2009

Maddy’s Second Philosophy: I.2 Neo-Cartesian skepticism

The Descartes we met in the first section is a methodologist of science with a bad idea about how to improve our scientific success rate. He isn’t so very far removed, then, from the Second Philosopher in terms of his … Continue reading

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Maddy’s Second Philosophy: I.1 Descartes’s first philosophy

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of one Descartes. This Descartes’s aim, by the end of Meditations, is — as Maddy puts it — to replace the reigning Scholastic Aristotelianism with his own Mechanistic Corpuscularism. For he believes that the then dominant … Continue reading

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