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The General Theory Continued

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/9780199583652.003.0007
The General Theory Continued

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In this chapter the general theory of clarity and distinctness is further developed. The chapter explains how Descartes's method of analysis (for establishing the schema of clear and distinct ideas) looks to be an ancestor to the sort of constructional system developed by Rudolph Carnap in his Aufbau. Here, the chapter finally arrives at a rigorous statement of the systematic Cartesian concepts of clarity and distinctness, and how these connect to Descartes's concepts of intuition, deduction, and enumeration.

Keywords: analysis; enumeration; common natures; clarity; distinctness; intuition; deduction

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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