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This chapter explores the following: Does the fact that in response to criticism Descartes never changed a word of what he wrote show that after all he might have been guilty of the pride, arrogance, and vanity that Huet charged him and his followers with? Who is the Meditator? at least in the fi rst Meditation, the Meditator is not a single person, or even a single kind of person, but two kinds of people in dialogue - an Aristotelian and his skeptical opponent. The chapter shows that Descartes's Discourse on the Method is not a prescription, which it would be if he were giving a theory of method. It reveals the heroic, the defensible, and the responsible Descartes.

Keywords: Descartes; Huet; Meditator; skepticism



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