Descartes’ Demon

  title={Descartes’ Demon},
  author={Alex Gillespie},
  journal={Theory \& Psychology},
  pages={761 - 781}
  • A. Gillespie
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Theory & Psychology
Descartes argued that the existence of reflective thought should be the first principle of philosophy because it is indubitable. The present paper draws on Bakhtinian and Meadian theories to analyse the three key paragraphs in the Meditations in which Descartes argues this point. The analysis demonstrates: (1) that Descartes’ text contains the traces of significant others and the discourses of his time; (2) that the sequence of thoughts that leads Descartes to his first principle is… 

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