[lit-ideas] Re: Descartes's Demon and Geary's Demon

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:27:00 +0200

I have read some of Nagel's essays; the guy knows how to write, which is
pretty rare for a philosopher nowadays. But Mind and Cosmos will have to
wait until it is available on the Net.


On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM, Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> >> recall Geary's seminal analysis of the Matrix as an example of a
> brave new world created by his techno demon
> Worst of all is the false victory achieved at film's end, where Neo
> manages to become a virtuoso of the illusion. On the other hand, I think
> Descartes' conclusion--that God would not allow the deception by such a
> demon--has more weight than commonly allowed. The universe must be
> intelligible, God or not, since even the means to doubt intelligibility
> is rooted in that intelligibility.
> All this to recommend Thomas Nagel's _Mind and Cosmos_.
> Eric
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