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Matter MattersMetaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period$
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Kurt Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.001.0001

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Empirical Ideality, Reality, and Matter

Empirical Ideality, Reality, and Matter

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(p.237) 14 Empirical Ideality, Reality, and Matter
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Matter Matters
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.003.0015

This chapter explores the sense in which Descartes took matter to be empirically real. This requires the chapter to look at the Sixth Meditation proof for the existence of bodies. Here, the chapter carefully studies Descartes's formal‐objective reality distinction and his material‐objective distinction. Within this discussion, two competing interpretations are examined: the traditional representationalist reading and a relatively new direct realist reading.

Keywords:   representationalism, direct realism, empirical ideality, empirical reality, formal reality, objective reality, ideas

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