Z. Janowski's Cartesian Theodicy: Descartes’ Quest for Certitude PDF

By Z. Janowski

just about all interpreters of Cartesian philosophy have hitherto all for the epistemological element of Descartes' idea. In his Cartesian Theodicy, Janowski demonstrates that Descartes' epistemological difficulties are simply rearticulations of theological questions. for instance, Descartes' try and outline the position of God in man's cognitive fallibility is a reiteration of an outdated argument that issues out the incongruity among the lifestyles of God and evil, and his pivotal query `whence error?' is proven right here to be a rephrasing of the query `whence evil?' the reply Descartes offers within the Meditations is de facto a reformulation of the reply present in St. Augustine's De Libero Arbitrio and the Confessions. The impression of St. Augustine on Descartes can even be detected within the doctrine of everlasting truths which, in the context of the 17th-century debates over the query of the character of divine freedom, brought on Descartes to best friend himself with the Augustinian Oratorians opposed to the Jesuits. either in his Cartesian Theodicy in addition to his Index Augustino-Cartesian, Textes et Commentaire Janowski indicates that the complete Cartesian metaphysics can - and will - be learn in the context of Augustinian thought.

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