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Revista latinoamericana de filosofía

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ZERBUDIS, Ezequiel. Una lectura epistémica de la falsedad material cartesiana. Rev. latinoam. filos. [online]. 2011, vol.37, n.2, pp. 189-212. ISSN 1852-7353.

In the present paper I defend an interpretation of the Cartesian notion of material falsity that it would be adequate to describe as 'epistemic', as opposed to most other views in the literature, which could be described as 'metaphysical'. Whereas metaphysical conceptions of material falsity consider an idea to be such because of some kind of failure in their representative properties, that is, in the relation between what they exhibit and their objects, an epistemic view considers that what makes an idea materially false is some kind of opacity that precludes their representational properties to be known in the first place. In the paper the evidence for these two kinds of reading is assessed, and it is shown that epistemic views are clearly more adequate.

Keywords : Sensation; Representation; Falsity; Idea.

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