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Cartesian Skeptics

Janet Broughton

in Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169720
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169727.003.0003
 Cartesian Skeptics

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This essay contrasts Descartes with three skeptical figures: the Doubting Pyrrhonist, the Agrippan Pyrrhonist, and the Cartesian Skeptic. It argues that the meditator in Descartes’s Meditations is different from all three of these skeptics. Seeing the distinctive character of the meditator helps us understand how Descartes could have hoped to meet the challenge of skepticism.

Keywords: Descartes; Agrippa; Pyrrhonism; Pyrrhonian skepticism; dependence arguments; regress; circularity; arbitrariness

Chapter.  6836 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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