Accuracy and epistemic agency in Descartes: an exploration of the margins of the First Meditation
Keywords:Descartes, accuracy, pure enquiry, epistemic akrasia, epistemic agency, Pascal’s wager
In this paper I advance a reading of the contours of the First Meditation. I try to bring out an important dimension of Descartes’s thinking about the virtue of accuracy. I contrast the concern for the truth in daily life and in the Cartesian inquiry. I explore the way in which Descartes faces some epistemic risks in the course of his meditation and highlight some aspects of his conception of epistemic agency. And, nally, I conclude with a brief note about Pascal’s wager.
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