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Empirical Ideality, Reality, and Matter

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/9780199583652.003.0015
Empirical Ideality, Reality, and Matter

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This chapter explores the sense in which Descartes took matter to be empirically real. This requires the chapter to look at the Sixth Meditation proof for the existence of bodies. Here, the chapter carefully studies Descartes's formal‐objective reality distinction and his material‐objective distinction. Within this discussion, two competing interpretations are examined: the traditional representationalist reading and a relatively new direct realist reading.

Keywords: representationalism; direct realism; empirical ideality; empirical reality; formal reality; objective reality; ideas

Chapter.  11606 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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