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Mind, Body, and Morality: New Perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza

Mind, Body, and Morality: New Perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza

1st Edition

Martina Reuter, Frans Svensson
March 14, 2019

The turn of the millennium has been marked by new developments in the study of early modern philosophy. In particular, the philosophy of René Descartes has been reinterpreted in a number of important and exciting ways, specifically concerning his work on the mind-body union, the connection between...

Experiment, Speculation and Religion in Early Modern Philosophy

Experiment, Speculation and Religion in Early Modern Philosophy

1st Edition

Alberto Vanzo, Peter R. Anstey
March 14, 2019

Experimental philosophy was an exciting and extraordinarily successful development in the study of nature in the seventeenth century. Yet experimental philosophy was not without its critics and was far from the only natural philosophical method on the scene. In particular, experimental philosophy...

Locke's Science of Knowledge

Locke's Science of Knowledge

1st Edition

Matt Priselac
March 05, 2019

John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding begins with a clear statement of an epistemological goal: to explain the limits of human knowledge, opinion, and ignorance. The actual text of the Essay, in stark contrast, takes a long and seemingly meandering path before returning to that goal...

Physics and Metaphysics in Descartes and in his Reception

Physics and Metaphysics in Descartes and in his Reception

1st Edition

Delphine Antoine-Mahut, Sophie Roux
September 17, 2018

This volume explores the relationship between physics and metaphysics in Descartes’ philosophy. According to the standard account, Descartes modified the objects of metaphysics and physics and inverted the order in which these two disciplines were traditionally studied. This book challenges the...

Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Motion: Descartes and Beyond

Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Motion: Descartes and Beyond

1st Edition

Peter Anstey, Dana Jalobeanu
November 28, 2017

This volume explores the themes of vanishing matter, matter and the laws of nature, the qualities of matter, and the diversity of the debates about matter in the early modern period. Chapters are unified by a number of interlocking themes which together enable some of the broader contours of the...

Locke and Leibniz on Substance

Locke and Leibniz on Substance

1st Edition

Paul Lodge, Tom Stoneham
November 28, 2017

Locke and Leibniz on Substance gathers together papers by an international group of academic experts, examining the metaphysical concept of substance in the writings of these two towering philosophers of the early modern period. Each of these newly-commissioned essays considers important...

The Idea of Principles in Early Modern Thought: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Idea of Principles in Early Modern Thought: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Peter R. Anstey
April 14, 2017

This collection presents the first sustained examination of the nature and status of the idea of principles in early modern thought. Principles are almost ubiquitous in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: the term appears in famous book titles, such as Newton’s Principia; the notion plays a...

Descartes and Method: A Search for a Method in Meditations

Descartes and Method: A Search for a Method in Meditations

1st Edition

Clarence A. Bonnen, Daniel E. Flage
December 23, 2014

Rene Descartes credited his success in philosophy, mathematics, and physics to the discovery of a universal method of inquiry, but he provided no systematic description of his method. Descartes and Method carefully examines Descartes' scattered remarks on his application and puts forward a...

Descartes: Belief, Scepticism and Virtue

Descartes: Belief, Scepticism and Virtue

1st Edition

Richard Davies
December 02, 2014

Descartes is often regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, and is credited with placing at centre stage the question of what we know and how we know it. Descartes: Belief, Scepticism and Virtue seeks to reinsert his work and thought in its contemporary ethical and theological context. Richard...

Pierre Bayle's Cartesian Metaphysics: Rediscovering Early Modern Philosophy

Pierre Bayle's Cartesian Metaphysics: Rediscovering Early Modern Philosophy

1st Edition

Todd Ryan
August 12, 2014

In his magnum opus, the Historical and Critical Dictionary, Pierre Bayle offered a series of brilliant criticisms of the major philosophical and theological systems of the 17th Century. Although officially skeptical concerning the attempt to provide a definitive account of the truths of metaphysics...

Receptions of Descartes: Cartesianism and Anti-Cartesianism in Early Modern Europe

Receptions of Descartes: Cartesianism and Anti-Cartesianism in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Tad M. Schmaltz
April 10, 2013

Receptions of Descartes is a collection of work by an international group of authors that focuses on the various ways in which Descartes was interpreted, defended and criticized in early modern Europe. The book is divided into five sections, the first four of which focus on Descartes' reception in...

Insiders and Outsiders in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

Insiders and Outsiders in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

1st Edition

G.A.J. Rogers, Tom Sorell, Jill Kraye
February 14, 2013

Seventeenth-century philosophy scholars come together in this volume to address the Insiders--Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, and Hobbes--and Outsiders--Pierre Gassendi, Kenelm Digby, Theophilus Gale, Ralph Cudworth and Nicholas Malebranche--of the philosocial canon, and the ways in which...

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