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The first chapter of Huet's Censura deals with doubt, which he takes to be the foundation of Descartes's system. For Descartes, and, to one degree or other, for the Cartesians, the mind is transparent to itself in at least three senses. This transparency bears on the main thesis of this book in that what is thereby known would be an essential and paradigmatic example of what is plainly known. A theme can be discerned, however, on which much even beyond the chapter depends, and that is the transparency of mind. Huet seems to have had Malebranche's view in mind when at the end of his chapter he is prepared to concede that no direct thought is unaccompanied by some oblique or concomitant awareness of it. The response to Mersenne cited at the outset of this chapter remains intact.

Keywords: Censura; Descartes; Huet; Malebranche

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