Cartesian Immaterialism

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Descartes’s procedure of sustained radical doubt about all sensory experience in his first two Meditations, culminating in the famous evil demon argument, results in his famous foregrounding of subjectivity as the basic and certain datum of metaphysics that could defeat skepticism and upon which the rest of his metaphysics can be rebuilt. Descartes’s metaphysics could have been developed idealistically and given the impetus to later idealisms – the ‘weak claim’ for Cartesian immaterialism. Hibbs, in a recent article defending the possibility of pre-Cartesian idealism, notes that Berkeleyan idealism makes some quite specific ontological claims that pick it out as a variety of idealism but that these claims should not be made to constrain which positions can be classed as idealist in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Idealism and Immaterialism
EditorsJoshua Farris, Benedikt Paul Göcke
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003202851
ISBN (Print)9781138502819, 9781032065762
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2021

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NameRoutledge Handbooks in Philosophy

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