Descartes's Stability Project

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250913
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597053 | DOI:

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Descartes's Stability Project

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Presents and defends the thesis that in his Cogito‐related pursuit of security in the Meditations, Descartes is searching not only for (1) certainty, understood normatively but also, and perhaps dominantly, for (2) stability of beliefs, understood psychologically. Much of what is most problematic in the work makes better sense related to 2 than related to 1.

Keywords: certainty; Cogito; Descartes; stability

Chapter.  5460 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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