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This index presents a list of ancient author names and terms that are mentioned in the book The Plain Truth: Descartes, Huet, and Skepticism. The skeptic Pierre-Daniel Huet’s Censura philosophiae cartesianae (1689) is the most comprehensive, unrelenting and devastating critique of Descartes ever. It incisively captures all the issues that now interest readers of Descartes: the method of doubt, the cogito, clarity and distinctness as criteria of truth, the circularity of the Meditations, and proofs of God’s existence. Naturally, the work provoked great controversy among the Cartesians, who were implicated in various capacities, Nicolas Malebranche as the occasional cause of the publication, and Pierre-Sylvain Regis as the chief defender of the Cartesian camp. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order.

Keywords: Descartes; Nicolas Malebranche; Skepticism



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