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Rationalism, Platonism and GodA Symposium on Early Modern Philosophy$
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Michael Ayers

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264201

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264201.001.0001

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Comments on Cottingham ‘Plato’s Sun and Descartes’s Stove’

Comments on Cottingham ‘Plato’s Sun and Descartes’s Stove’

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Rationalism, Platonism and God


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This chapter comments on John Cottingham’s chapter on Platonism in Rene Descartes’ cosmology, metaphysics, and moral theory. It explains the concept of implicit Platonism as consisting in certain Platonic or Neoplatonic notions, such as the notion of Ideas or Archetypes in the mind of God, and suggests that there is nothing Platonic in Descartes’ philosophy beyond such widely accepted ideas. It also questions Cottingham’s assumption that Platonism does not contain within itself the means of reconciling the controlling and contemplative mindsets.

Keywords:   Platonism, Rene Descartes, John Cottingham, cosmology, metaphysics, moral theory, Neoplatonism, God, Ideas, Archetypes

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