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Peter A. DeVos
Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4388)

Certitude, Metaphysics, and Science: An Inquiry into Descartes' Foundationalism

To compose a monograph on Descartes' thought by writing a key section on Descartes' unique version of foundationalism, i.e. the view that a belief is worthy of rational acceptance only if it is either self-evident (the foundations) or else bears some particular logical relationship to the self-evident (the super-structure). The monograph as a whole will be an exposition and evaluation of what Descartes took to be the proper relationship between metaphysical and scientific theorizing.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy

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Total amounts:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1977 – 7/31/1977