[SydPhil] Notification: Ofer Gal @ Thu 28 Mar 2019 15:00 - 16:30 (AEDT) (Current Projects)

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Title: Ofer Gal
 From the Optics to the Meditations:
The Meaning of Descartes’ Doubt

In 1604 Kepler published his Optical Part of Astronomy, dramatically  
changing the role of optics and the fundamental concept of vision.  Instead  
of a window through which visual rays in-formed reason about its  
surrounding objects, the eye became a screen on which light painted images  
of no inherent cognitive value.  Descartes’ life-long project of natural  
epistemology is an attempt to answer Kepler’s challenge to the  
philosophers: to explain how these meaningless stains of light, purely  
causal effects, can signify.  In the Meditations he takes on the most  
devastating worry arising from Kepler’s optics and the naturalization of  
the senses: that we may be completely wrong concerning what happens behind  
the screen. In his argument, Descartes reverses the hierarchy between  
epistemology and philosophy of nature: it is the causal nature of  
sensations that created the worry, he explains, and it is this causal  
nature that makes it spurious; it is logically impossible that nature, “the  
ordered network of created things,” would causally produce systematically  
wrong representations of itself.
When: Thu 28 Mar 2019 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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