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One issue about the nature of Descartes's doubt is whether it is real or not. It is tempting to describe a practical doubt as one that occurs as a psychological fact. The chapter summarizes Huet's view and indicate how it differs from the subversion view, according to which Descartes also dissimulates. It is tempting to describe a practical doubt as one that occurs as a psychological fact. A constant ground of skepticism cited from Descartes by Huet is that God has possibly created him such as to be incapable of apprehending the truth. According to Huet, because there are real grounds for doubt that he recognizes, Descartes really does doubt. For the same reason, he cannot merely pretend to doubt. But Descartes discovers, as he must, that the grounds for doubt and hence the doubt itself cannot be overcome.

Keywords: Descartes; Huet; skepticism

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