Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Journal of the Hitory of Philosophy: Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2005

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Journal of the Hitory of Philosophy: Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2005

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God's Immutability and the Necessity of Descartes' Eternal Truths, DAN KAUFMAN

Descartes held that the eternal truths are freely created by God, and that the eternal truths are necessary truths. This paper examines Descartes's explanation of the necessity of the eternal truths. It argues that the most prominent interpretation of Descartes's explanation, the immutability interpretation, is either too weak to account for the necessity of the eternal truths or it is too strong (in that it would commit Descartes to necessitarianism). It then offers an alternative interpretation of Descartes's explanation and presents some of the virtues of such an explanation.

Desgabets on the Creation of Eternal Truths, MONTE COOK

Recent discussions have raised several controversies about how to interpret Descartes's doctrine on the creation of the eternal truths. In light of these controversies, this paper pieces together both Desgabets's interpretation of Descartes and Desgabets's own doctrine. In Desgabets we get from a Cartesian and a near contemporary of Descartes: an interpretation of Descartes's doctrine of the creation of eternal truths, a criticism of Descartes's version of the doctrine purportedly based on Descartes's own principles, and the development of the supposedly correct version of the doctrine that Descartes would have advocated had he been truer to his own principles. …

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