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A Study of Descartes and His Notion of Externalist Knowledge

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2015, (59), pp.5-34
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 7, 2015
  • Accepted : October 26, 2015

Kim Yong Sung 1

1울산대학교

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ABSTRACT

E. Sosa provides an interpretation of René Descartes as a foundationalist, a coherentist, and a reliabilist, or partially an externalist of knowledge. I mainly examine Sosa’s interpretation of Descartes (Meditaions) as an externalist. Sosa interestingly defines Descartes’s term “cognitio” as a kind of “externalist knowledge.” But I argue that his interpretation does not reflect Descartes’s overall view. There exists some textual evidence against Sosa’s externalist approach to cognitio. Besides, our commonsensical notion of knowledge resists to endorse Descartes’s cognitio as genuine knowledge. Moreover, I think that Sosa’s interpretation conflicts with the project of Meditaions.

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