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    Easton, Patricia 2009. What is at Stake in the Cartesian Debates on the Eternal Truths?. Philosophy Compass, Vol. 4, Issue. 2, p. 348.

    Miller, Timothy D. 2008. Desgabets on Cartesian Minds. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 16, Issue. 4, p. 723.

  • Print publication year: 2000
  • Online publication date: March 2008

12 - The Cartesian dialectic of creation

from III - God
This chapter focuses on the status of eternal truths in the seventeenth-century history of Cartesianism. The chapter begins with Rene Descartes's views on divine causation, which adumbrated the later clash between divine wisdom and omnipotence. An important text with respect to the competing tendencies of wisdom and omnipotence is Descartes's first attempt, in Meditatio III, to prove the existence of God. This is followed by a discussion of his doctrine of the creation of the eternal truths, a systematic focus of that clash. Next, emphasis will be placed on divine wisdom that results in Spinoza's necessitarianism and apparent denial of creation, as well as notable attempts by Leibniz and Malebranche to avoid Spinoza's excesses while continuing to emphasise God's wisdom. Then the issue of the creation of the eternal truths is taken up, and with it the emphasis on divine omnipotence as found in some later figures.
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The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy
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Arnauld, Des vraies et des fausses idées, 1775–83.
Leo, I. (A.D. 447): ‘Praeter hanc autem summae Trinitatis unam consubstantialem et sempiternam atque incommutabilem deitatern nihil omnino creaturaum est, quod non in exordio sui ex nihilo creatum sit.’ Denzinger, 1963.