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By Z. Janowski

Almost all interpreters of Cartesian philosophy have hitherto interested in the epistemological point of Descartes' proposal. In his Cartesian Theodicy, Janowski demonstrates that Descartes' epistemological difficulties are basically rearticulations of theological questions. for instance, Descartes' try to outline the function of God in man's cognitive fallibility is a reiteration of an outdated argument that issues out the incongruity among the life of God and evil, and his pivotal query `whence error?' is proven the following to be a rephrasing of the query `whence evil?' the reply Descartes supplies within the Meditations is admittedly a reformulation of the reply present in St. Augustine's De Libero Arbitrio and the Confessions. The impact of St. Augustine on Descartes is usually detected within the doctrine of everlasting truths which, in the context of the 17th-century debates over the query of the character of divine freedom, brought on Descartes to best friend himself with the Augustinian Oratorians opposed to the Jesuits. either in his Cartesian Theodicy in addition to his Index Augustino-Cartesian, Textes etCommentaire Janowski exhibits that the total Cartesian metaphysics can - and may - be learn in the context of Augustinian thought.

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For mathematics to be unaffected by the nonexistence of the world, one would need to assume that there is no connection between the sensible world and mathematics. The ontology that gives support to such an interpretation is the Platonic heaven of ideas, or the Scholastic doctrine, according to which mathematical essences are in the divine intellect. Descartes' doctrine of the eternal truths, according to which mathematical truths depend on God's creative act, excludes both solutions. The only alternative open to Descartes is, it seems, to assume that 2.

In TheoLogiae Graecor[umJ. Patrum Vindicatae Circa Universam Materiam Gratiae (148), is the following explanation: "Assentur etiam Orthodoxi Latinorum Theologi liberum arbitrium creaturae cuicscumque rationalis esse versatile & flexibile ad bonum & ad malum, quam libertatem contrarietatis appellant: & ad agendum vel on agendum, quam vocant libertatem contradictionis, adduntque positam esse libertatis rationem in indifferentia quadam, sed activa, qua homo potest ab intrinseco & ex propria virtute sese determinare ad bene vel male agendum, vel non agendum.

54. De Libertate, 69. 38 Cartesian Theodicy perfecta libertas 55 ). God is not moved to action by any end in view (Deus non movetur ad agendum a Fine, etiam Seipso56); He is limited neither by place nor by nature. 57 Man, on the contrary, is free in so far as he does God's will. "58 From this it follows that if man is capable of doing good out of his own resources (and man is so capable because God's grace even if necessary is distributed equally), he can also be indifferent with respect to the choice between good and evil, right and wrong, and truth and falsity.

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