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To use the architectural metaphor, Descartes is alleged to have derived his rule from his building, rather than-as he should have, and as anyone preparing to construct a building would do-establishing his rule before even starting his construction. The truth rule comes only in Meditations III, whereas for Huet it should have come at the beginning of Meditations I. Huet also argued that Descartes did not adhere to his own criterion, that he precipitately accepted what he did not perceive to be true, and what on the basis of the same criterion was rejected by his own followers. Huet thinks that Descartes cannot have a criterion of any sort, and his argument applies whether it be a label or a model. This trump argument is an ad hominem argument that appeals to Descartes's doctrine of the dependence of all truth on God's indifferent will.

Keywords: Descartes; God's indifferent will; Huet; Truth



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