Descartes and Augustine [Book Review]

Philosophical Review 109 (3):438-441 (2000)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Chances are that you have read Descartes’s Meditations and Augustine’s Confessions and De Libero Arbitrio. Chances are that you have not thought that Descartes’s masterwork depends heavily on these two or any other Augustinian texts. The question of Augustinian influence on Descartes’s Cogito is small potatoes compared to the thesis that Stephen Menn wishes to establish. Menn’s central task is to argue that Descartes’s search for clear and distinct foundational principles on which to base all scientific knowledge was decisively shaped by his discovery in Augustine of a way of acquiring wisdom contrary to the philosophical techniques of scholastic Aristotelianism. This way is essentially contemplative: its practitioner turns inward, away from the welter of images provided by the senses. If this exercise is conducted properly, its result is the disclosure of a realm of truth known with more certainty than anything one can claim to know about the corporeal world.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 78,037

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Descartes and Augustine.Stephen Menn - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
Grades of freedom: Augustine and Descartes.Christopher Gilbert - 2005 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):201–224.
Grades of freedom: Augustine and Descartes.Christopher Gilbert - 2005 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):201-224.
Self-Knowledge and God as Other in Augustine.Wayne J. Hankey - 1999 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 4 (1):83-123.
Perceiving Other Animate Minds in Augustine.Chad Engelland - 2016 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (1):25-48.
Pascal's anti-augustinianism.Vincent Carraud - 2007 - Perspectives on Science 15 (4):450-492.


Added to PP

6 (#1,114,905)

6 months
1 (#485,976)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references