Computational Theories of Consciousness


Last Update: 28 August 2009

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  1. Hatfield, Gary (2009), "René Descartes", in Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

  2. Meditations (trilingual edition)

    1. Meditation 1
    2. Meditation 2

  3. Discourse on Method for Reasoning Well and for Seeking Truth in the Sciences

    1. Scroll to Part Five, paragraph beginning "None of this will seem strange…"

  4. Rapaport's writings on Descartes (for what they're worth :-):

    1. Rapaport, William J. (1976), "On Cogito Propositions", Philosophical Studies 29: 63–68.

      • Abstract: I argue that George Nakhnikian's analysis of the logic of cogito propositions (roughly, Descartes's 'cogito' and 'sum') is incomplete. The incompleteness is rectified by showing that disjunctions of cogito propositions with contingent, non-cogito propositions satisfy conditions of incorrigibility, self-certifyingness, and pragmatic consistency; hence, they belong to the class of propositions with whose help a complete characterization of cogito propositions is made possible.

    2. Rapaport, William J. (1987), "God, the Demon, and the Cogito" (unpublished ms.)

      • Abstract: The purpose of this essay is to exhibit in detail the setting for the version of the Cogito Argument that appears in Descartes's Meditations. I believe that a close rading of the text can shed new light on the nature and role of the "evil demon", on the nature of God as he appears in the first few Meditations, and on the place of the Cogito Argument in Descartes's overall scheme.

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