Reforming the Art of Living: Nature, Virtue, and Religion in Descartes's Epistemology

2015.06.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rico Vitz, Reforming the Art of Living: Nature, Virtue, and Religion in Descartes's Epistemology, Springer, 2015, 154pp., $129.00
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2015.06.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rico Vitz, Reforming the Art of Living: Nature, Virtue, and Religion in Descartes's Epistemology, Springer, 2015, 154pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783319052809. Reviewed by Tarek R. Dika, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor In nine short and clearly written chapters, Rico Vitz offers his readers a number of worthwhile observations about Descartes's epistemology and moral philosophy, but does so in service of a thesis that calls into question why he bothered writing a book on Descartes in the first place. He begins by arguing that Descartes "develops a comprehensive account of virtuous belief formation" in the Discourse, Meditations, and subsequent treatises (7). This is the most promising and, fortunately, longest part of the book, encompassing Chapters 2-6. In Chapter 7, Vitz asserts, without any serious argument, that Descartes's account of virtuous belief formation "fails to deliver on its promise of providing. . .

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