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This chapter begins with the note of possibility that despite Huet's apparent aversion from Cartesianism, he rejected only the misapplication of its principles by Descartes's disciples and even by Descartes himself. Resuming Foucher's argument, it might be that Huet was precisely the skeptic that he thought Descartes should have been according to his own principles. The chapter also explores the following questions: Was Descartes himself in some sense a skeptic? Standing in the way of a proper interpretation of Descartes, and his eventual classification, is a widely accepted interpretation that must be dislodged, namely, that Descartes tried, unsuccessfully, to refute skepticism. The chapter also examines the interpretation, and presents the texts that show it to be unfounded.

Keywords: Cartesianism; Descartes; Foucher; Huet; skepticism



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