This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to contribute to the history of truth and falsity. The chapters reconstruct the often-idiosyncratic standards for truth, proof, and evidence in Descartes, Pascal, and Leibniz, standards far removed from our own. All three stressed that prevailing philosophical accounts of truth, deduction, and evidence failed to capture their mathematical and natural-philosophical practices. Descartes, Pascal, and Leibniz also drew heavily on their practices in developing new accounts of human knowledge in their methodological and epistemological writings. Without implying that their methodological writings correctly describe their practices, a study of their work can illustrate the productive interactions among their motivations, models, methodological theorizing, and practices.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.