The Wax and the Mechanical Mind: Reexamining Hobbes's Objections to Descartes's Meditations

@article{Adams2014TheWA,
  title={The Wax and the Mechanical Mind: Reexamining Hobbes's Objections to Descartes's Meditations},
  author={Marcus P. Adams},
  journal={British Journal for the History of Philosophy},
  year={2014},
  volume={22},
  pages={403 - 424}
}
  • Marcus P. Adams
  • Published 2014
  • Philosophy
  • British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Many critics, Descartes himself included, have seen Hobbes as uncharitable or even incoherent in his Objections to the Meditations on First Philosophy. I argue that when understood within the wider context of his views of the late 1630s and early 1640s, Hobbes's Objections are coherent and reflect his goal of providing an epistemology consistent with a mechanical philosophy. I demonstrate the importance of this epistemology for understanding his Fourth Objection concerning the nature of the wax… Expand
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