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dc.contributor.advisor McIntyre, Robert W, Sami, Muhammad 2017-07-18T10:32:45Z 2017-07-18T22:00:13Z Summer 2017 en_US 2017-07-18
dc.description.abstract Descartes is usually seen as a thinker who does not employ and preconceived principles in his system without establishing them first through his method. Through an analysis of the development of his notion of certain knowledge, I highlight his reliance in the development of such a principles on principles that he borrows from scholastic philosophy. These principles are unjustified and unjustifiable through his method. I argue that, on Descartes's own terms, this notion should fail. Indeed, this is what happens over the course of the one hundred and fifty years following the publication of Descartes's Meditations. I provide the conclusion that Descartes ends up with a notion of certain knowledge of truth that is psychological rather than ontological and ask whether the loss of an ontological commitment to truth is related to his unjustified rejection of substantial forms. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The completion of this thesis could not have been possible without numerous efforts of multiple institutions, and people. Tabah Foundation helped me in several ways;. Its CEO Mr. Noureddin al-Harthi and its Director of Research Mr. Maan al-Dabbagh were generous enough to provide funding to my study program. Dr. Karim Lahham helped me locate an vital turning point in the history of philosophy which later became the subject of my thesis. Hassan Spiker provided me with comments on my thesis draft. All of this would not have been possible if it was not for Tabah’s Chairman al-Ḥabīb Ali al-Jifrī who recommended me to the institution’s management. The American University in Cairo is where I started my higher education as an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. Its liberal arts education allowed me to explore disciplines that I could not have possibly explored otherwise. It is because of AUC that I was able to discover my interest in philosophy. I will forever be indebted to AUC as in institution, especially its philosophy faculty. Dr. Steffen Stelzer’s inspiring lectures and the kind of questions they raised forced me to appreciate that there is more to philosophia than the scholasticism that was my only focus when I first joined the program. Dr. Robin Weiss devoted tens of hours of her precious time to helping me read and understand some of Aristotle’s passages. Dr. Alessandro Topa helped me navigate my way through this program and decide which courses to take and what topics to focus on given my own interests. As a thesis supervisor, Dr. Robert McIntyre asked me the most challenging questions that made me feel –several times– that might project might actually fail. These challenging questions are the reason why my thesis ended up as a piece that I am truly proud of. I am also grateful for his acceptance of what I now consider a lousy proposal. My thesis readers Dr. Catarina Belo and Dr. Richard Fincham provided important comments on my thesis draft and during my defense upon which I made corrections that changed my thesis to the better. I thank the three of my committee members for an experience that helped boost my confidence in the kind of research I intend to pursue in the future – God willing. Over the past year and a half, my intellectual life was enriched through discussions with Hussein Barrada, Sarah Hammad, Isa Kundra, Wassim Sabry and Mohammed Shafie, all of them colleagues in the philosophy department. en_US
dc.format.extent 41 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Certain en_US
dc.subject Knowledge en_US
dc.subject Descartes en_US
dc.subject Metaphysics en_US
dc.subject Epistemology en_US
dc.subject Modern Philosophy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Facets of certainty: A critique of the development of a fundamental cartesian notion en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Philosophy en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Belo, Catarina
dc.contributor.committeeMember Fincham, Richard

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