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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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Analysis and Clarity and Distinctness

Analysis and Clarity and Distinctness

(p.67) 4 Analysis and Clarity and Distinctness
Matter Matters

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In this chapter it is shown how Descartes's method for arriving at clear and distinct ideas is what he calls analysis. The chapter explores some of the earliest writings of Descartes (unpublished during his lifetime), and extract from them the basics of his method.

Keywords:   Descartes, analysis, clarity, distinctness, method, ideas, truth‐criteria

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