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Analysis and Clarity and Distinctness

Kurt Smith

in Matter Matters

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583652
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.003.0005
Analysis and Clarity and Distinctness

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In this chapter it is shown how Descartes's method for arriving at clear and distinct ideas is what he calls analysis. The chapter explores some of the earliest writings of Descartes (unpublished during his lifetime), and extract from them the basics of his method.

Keywords: Descartes; analysis; clarity; distinctness; method; ideas; truth‐criteria

Chapter.  7265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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