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Descartes’s ens summe perfectum et infinitum and its Scholastic Background

  • Igor AgostiniEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter presents some important facets of the scholastic background to Descartes’s conception of infinity. In particular, this chapter considers Francisco Suárez’s role in the late medieval debate over the concept of the relationship between God’s status as a perfect being and God’s status as an infinite being. Although I do not argue that Descartes knew Suárez’s position when he originally wrote the Meditations, I show that Suárez’s position lies behind Caterus’s criticisms of Descartes in the Objections and Replies that Descartes published with the Meditations. Thus, knowledge of Suárez’s position is important for assessing both the reception and success of Descartes’s proofs of God’s existence in the Meditations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanistic StudiesUniversity of SalentoLecceItaly

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