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This front matter section of this book titled The plain truth: Descartes, Huet, and skepticism contains foreword and abbreviations. In the nineteenth century, Pelissier supposes that the rejection of learning by the Cartesians was but a pretext, and that Huet, "who always had a courtly mentality", gave up Cartesianism because it would have been an obstacle to the advancement of his career. Pelissier's thesis is supported to some extent by Huet's own correspondence. The Censura first appeared in 1689. In it, Huet attacks Descartes on a number of key points, beginning with his method of doubt, and moving on to the criterion of truth, his view of the human mind, proofs for the existence of God, and so on. Moreover, Huet's reaction to the Search after Truth gives a sense of what was at stake in this, and perhaps every, instance of skepticism.

Keywords: Cartesianism; Descartes; God; Huet; Skepticism; Truth



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