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The Cambridge Companion to Descartes' Meditations


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Introduction David Cunning; 1. The methodology of the Meditations: tradition and innovation Christia Mercer; 2. The First Meditation: skeptical doubt and certainty Charles Larmore; 3. The First Meditation: divine omnipotence, necessary truths and the possibility of radical deception David Cunning; 4. The Second Meditation and the nature of the human mind Lilli Alanen; 5. The Second Meditation: unimaginable bodies and insensible minds Katherine J. Morris; 6. The Third Meditation: causal arguments for God's existence Lawrence Nolan; 7. The Third Meditation on objective being: representation and intentional content Amy Schmitter; 8. The Fourth Meditation: Descartes's theodicy avant la lettre Thomas M. Lennon; 9. The Fourth Meditation: Descartes and libertarian freedom Cecilia Wee; 10. The Fifth Meditation: Descartes' doctrine of true and immutable natures Tad M. Schmaltz; 11. The Fifth Meditation: externality and true and immutable natures Olli Koistinen; 12. The Sixth Meditation: Descartes and the embodied self Deborah Brown; 13. Sensory perception of bodies: Meditation 6.5 Alison Simmons; 14. Descartes's dualism and its relation to Spinoza's metaphysics Alan Nelson; 15. The Meditations and Descartes' considered conception of God Annette Baier.

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This volume highlights and offers different perspectives on the controversies provoked by this central text of Western philosophy.

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David Cunning is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Argument and Persuasion in Descartes' Meditations (2010) and Margaret Cavendish (forthcoming).

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