Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 51, No. 2, April 2013

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of the History of Philosophy: Vol. 51, No. 2, April 2013

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Aristotle's Conception of Truth: An Alternative View, BLAKE HESTIR

The prevailing view among scholars is that Aristotle's remarks on truth at Metaphysics [??].7, 1011b26-27 express a correspondence conception of truth. Although Aristotle thinks that truth depends on the world, his conception of truth does not require that either (1) there be some truthmaker such as a fact or a state of affairs that obtains to which truthbearers correspond, or (2) there be a some universal dependence relation that holds between truths and ontological entities. Aristotle's conception of truth is more minimal. This essay focuses on Aristotle's semantic views and their relation to his ontology and psychology.

Descartes's Supposed Libertarianism: Letter to Mesland or Memorandum concerning Petau? THOMAS M. LENNON

There is a text, almost certainly written by Descartes, that is typically referred to as a letter of 9 February 1645 from him to the Jesuit Denis Mesland. In fact, it is a text of very problematic status, as discussed here. In addition, this letter is the fundamental text for libertarian readings of Descartes's view of the will. The main argument of this paper is that the text of the letter grounds no such reading. This becomes clear once its role is determined regarding another Jesuit, Denis Petau.

Locke and Sensitive Knowledge, KEITH ALLEN

This paper considers the well-known tension between Locke's definition of knowledge and his claim that we can know by sensation of the existence of things without the mind. …

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