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The Cartesian Controversy: Magnifying Divine Will

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This chapter argues that just as Surez and Episcopius modify the model of divine knowledge and will of the dominant Scotist tradition, so Ren Descartes sees need to adjust it. His conceptual moves resemble the ways in which Ockham interpreted Scotus. Interpreting Descartes from this historical background enables a proper assessment of the consequences for his modal theory. Therefore, a closer look at Descartes primary texts and their proper context might overcome the bewildering divergence of interpretations within secondary literature. Now, within this context reformed scholastics like Voetius figure prominently, since Descartes fiercely debated his philosophy with them. So, the chapter presents Descartes own model of divine agency, and subsequently deliver Leydeckers assessment of it.

Keywords: divine knowledge; Leydecker; Ren Descartes



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