Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671

Paperback | February 14, 2013

byRobert Pasnau

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Robert Pasnau traces the developments of metaphysical thinking through four rich but for the most part neglected centuries of philosophy, running from the thirteenth century through to the seventeenth. At no period in the history of philosophy, other than perhaps our own, have metaphysicalproblems received the sort of sustained attention they received during the later Middle Ages, and never has a whole philosophical tradition come crashing down as quickly and completely as did scholastic philosophy in the seventeenth century. The thirty chapters work through various fundamental metaphysical issues, sometimes focusing more on scholastic thought, sometimes on the seventeenth century. Pasnau begins with the first challenges to the classical scholasticism of Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, runs through prominent figures likeJohn Duns Scotus and William Ockham, and ends in the seventeenth century, with the end of the first stage of developments in post-scholastic philosophy: on the continent, with Descartes and Gassendi, and in England, with Boyle and Locke.

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Robert Pasnau traces the developments of metaphysical thinking through four rich but for the most part neglected centuries of philosophy, running from the thirteenth century through to the seventeenth. At no period in the history of philosophy, other than perhaps our own, have metaphysicalproblems received the sort of sustained attenti...

Robert Pasnau is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of many books and articles on the history of philosophy, including Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature (Cambridge, 2002), which won the American Philosophical Association Book Prize.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:810 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.07 inPublished:February 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionI. Matter2. Substratum3. Theories of Prime Matter4. Matter and Extension5. Philosophiae PerenneII. Substance6. Subjects and Substances7. The Veiled Subject8. Cartesian Substances9. Lockean SubstancesIII. Accidents10. Real Accidents11. Inherence12. Categories13. ModesIV. Extension14. Quantity and Extension15. Extension and Impenetrability16. Mind and Extension17. Location18. Entia SuccessivaV. Quality19. Real Qualities20. Heresy and Novelty21. Primary Qualities22. Secondary Qualities23. Powers and DispositionsVI. Unity and Identity24. Substantial Form25. Unity and Dualism26. Parts and Wholes27. Real Essences28. Permanence and Corruption29. Identity over Time30. Locke's Nominal SubstancesTables of AuthorsBibliography of Primary SourcesBibliography of Secondary Sources

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"Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 is truly a magnificent achievement. . . . It contains historical scholarship and philosophical argumentation in a very well balanced mix in order to present the reader with a true sense of the historical position held as well as a subtle philosophical assessmentof the correctness of these views. It is history of philosophy at its very best. . . . Pasnau's work is invaluable to anyone dealing with the history of this time period as well as anyone interested in the metaphysics of substance." --Henrik Lagerlund, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews