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Christia Mercer

Despite what you have heard over the years, the epistemological strategy of Descartes’ Meditations is not original to its author. The Meditations’ movement from radical doubt to self-knowledge and truth is a common feature of late medieval meditative practices, especially those written by women. Equally surprising is the fact that some of the most philosophically subtle arguments in the Meditations are inspired by a Spanish nun, Teresa of Ávila (1515-82), whose works have been entirely ignored by historians of philosophy.

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