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Two by Descartes

Prior to publishing the "Meditations" Descartes sent the manuscript to various friends and acquaintances (including Hobbes).  He compiled their comments and objections, together with his replies, into seven groups and published them along with the "Meditations" as "Objections Urged by Certain Men of Learning against the Preceding Meditations; with the Author's Replies."

Perhaps here we can hear Descartes' response to many of our own objections to his claims expressed in the "Meditations."  Let's hear his side of the story.

For this week we will read selected passages of interest from the first two sets. 

The Objections are available here:

Familiarity with the "Meditations" is helpful but not necessary.  Newcomers to Descartes are welcome.

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  • Dan

    Forgot that I had planned for something else this day.

    August 23, 2014

  • Rick O.

    I uploaded an "annotated" version of the first two Objections. You can find it under the CPM menu "More:Files." This has sections sectioned off that seem more relevant for discussion. Of course, as I said at the last meetup these are ONLY suggestions for Monday - we can read whatever we like. This is a starting point.

    There is some nice stuff here. Our common complaint that 'the idea of perfection does not include it's existence' is addressed several times. I think Descartes does a good job in his reply to this objection.

    The second set includes a summary at the end where Descartes explains why he chose the Analytic over the Synthetic method for writing the Meditations, then finishes with the same ideas explained in the Synthetic method (hope I got my terms right). Happy reading!

    August 23, 2014

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