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Acceptance, Belief, and Descartes’s Provisional Morality
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2007)
  • Adam Kadlac, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
This paper explores Descartes’s work with an eye towards abiding issues in moral epistemology. In so doing, I focus on the role played by the so-called provisional morality that surfaces in “Discourse on the Method”. What I argue is that despite the tenuousness with which it seems to be held, Descartes remained committed to the truth of this morality even in the midst of his most strenuous philosophical reflections. Put in the contemporary epistemological terms which provide the context of my discussion, I argue that Descartes believed in the goodness of his provisional morality as opposed to merely accepting its maxims.
Keywords
  • Descartes,
  • moral epistemology,
  • acceptance,
  • belief
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Adam Kadlac. "Acceptance, Belief, and Descartes’s Provisional Morality" Ethical Theory and Moral Practice Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/adam_kadlac/5/