New Essays on the Rationalists

Paperback | December 15, 2002

EditorRocco J. Gennaro, Charles Huenemann

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This collection presents some of the most vital and original recent writings on Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, the three greatest rationalists of the early modern period. Their work offered brilliant and distinct integrations of science, morals, metaphysics, and religion, which today remainat the center of philosophical discussion. The essays written especially for this volume explore how these three philosophical systems treated matter, substance, human freedom, natural necessity, knowledge, mind, and consciousness. The contributors include some of the most prominent writers in thefield, including Jonathan Bennett, Michael Della Rocca, Jan A. Cover, Catherine Wilson, Stephen Voss, Edwin Curley, Don Garrett, and Margaret D. Wilson.

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This collection presents some of the most vital and original recent writings on Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, the three greatest rationalists of the early modern period. Their work offered brilliant and distinct integrations of science, morals, metaphysics, and religion, which today remainat the center of philosophical discussion. T...

Rocco J. Gennaro is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Indiana State University, Terre Haute. He is the author of Consciousness and Self-Consciousness: A Defense of the Higher-Order Thought Theory of Consciousness (1996) and Mind and Brain: A Dialogue on the Mind-Body Problem (1996). Charles Huenemann is Assistant Professor of P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.45 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:December 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I - Matter and Substance1. Jonathan Bennett, Syracuse University: Space and Subtle Matter in Descartes's Metaphysics2. Eric Palmer, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania: Descartes on Nothing in Particular3. Michael Della Rocca, Yale University: "If a Body Meets a Body": Descartes on Body-Body Causation4. Mathew Stuart, Bowdoin College, Maine: Descartes's Extended Substances5. Jan A. Cover, Purdue University: Spinoza's Extended Substance: Cartesian and Leibnizian Reflections6. Samuel Levey, Dartmouth College: Leibniz's Constructivism and Infinitely Folded Matter7. Susanna Goodin, University of Wyoming: Locke and Leibniz and the Debate over SpeciesPart II - Freedom and Necessity8. Joseph Keim Campbell, Washington State University: Descartes on Spontaneity, Indifference, and Alternatives9. Eric Sotnak, University of Akron, Ohio: The Range of Leibnizian Compatibilism10. Charles Huenemann, Utah State University: The Necessity of Finite Modes and Geometrical Containment in Spinoza's Metaphysics11. Edwin Curley and Gregory Walski, both at University of Michigan: Spinoza's Necessitarianism ReconsideredPart III - Mind and Consciousness12. Stephen Voss, Bogazici University, Turkey: A Spectator at the Theater of the World13. Clarence Bonnen and Daniel Flage, both at James Madison University, Virginia: Distinctness14. Geoffrey Gorham, Cornell College, Iowa: Causation and Similarity in Descartes15. Don Garret, University of Utah: Teleology in Spinoza and Early Modern Rationalism16. Margaret D. Wilson, Princeton University: "For They Do Not Agree In Nature With Us": Spinoza on the Lower Animals17. Rocco J. Gennaro, Indiana State University: Leibniz on Consciousness and Self-Consciousness18. Catherine Wilson, University of Alberta, Canada: The Illusory Nature of Leibniz's SystemBibliographyIndex

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"Offers a great deal for the specialist to get his or her teeth into. The contributions are of an almost uniformly high quality. Most [of the contributors] are driven by a desire to achieve a better understanding of the philosophers themselves [rather than using] these great, dead philosopherssimply as a pretext or springboard for discussing an issue of contemporary concern. Those who regard this as a step in the right direction will find much to admire in the present volume."--Nicholas Jolley, Philosophical Review