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Philosophy major Becca Meadows publishes article

Becca Meadows

Congratulations to philosophy student Becca Meadows, who recently published her first article (entitled “Separate Arguments within the Wax Argument in the Second Meditation Help to Clarify the Cogito Argument”) in the October 2016 issue of Dialogue, the journal of Phi Sigma Tau (the International Honor Society for Philosophy).  

Meadows’ article is based on a paper she wrote in her Modern Philosophy class with Dr. Dan Flage. In the article, Meadows argues that although the 'wax argument' at the end of Descartes' Second Meditation is often taken to be a singular argument, on careful inspection it can be seen that it is actually composed of three distinct arguments.  Moreover, Meadows argues that this 3-part argument "provides the foundation of thoughts that serve as the root of Descartes' cogito argument." 

Congratulations again to Becca!

(NOTE: This is the second issue of Dialogue in a row featuring work from a JMU philosophy student.  We're proud of their work!)








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