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dc.contributor.authorRaftopoulos, Athanassiosen
dc.creatorRaftopoulos, Athanassiosen
dc.description.abstractThis paper aims to provide an explication of the meaning of 'analysis' and 'synthesis' in Descartes' writings. In the first part I claim that Descartes' method is entirely captured by the term 'analysis', and that it is a method of theory elaboration that fuses the modern methods of discovery and confirmation in one enterprise. I discuss Descartes' methodological writings, assess their continuity and coherence, and I address the major shortcoming of previous interpretations of Cartesian methodology. I also discuss the Cartesian method in the context of other conceptions of scientific method of that era and argue that Descartes' method significantly transforms these conceptions. In the second part I argue that mathematical and natural-philosophical writings exhibit this kind of analysis. To that effect I examine in Descartes' writings on the method as used in mathematics, and Descartes' account of the discovery of the nature of the rainbow in the Meteors . Finally, I briefly assess Descartes' claim regarding the universality of his method. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.en
dc.sourceStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part Aen
dc.subjectCartesian methoden
dc.subjectSimple naturesen
dc.subjectTheory elaborationen
dc.titleCartesian analysis and synthesisen
dc.description.endingpage308Σχολή Κοινωνικών Επιστημών και Επιστημών Αγωγής / Faculty of Social Sciences and EducationΤμήμα Ψυχολογίας / Department of Psychology
dc.description.notesCited By :2; Export Date: 20 July 2017en
dc.contributor.orcidRaftopoulos, Athanassios [0000-0002-6865-7127]

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