Studies in Seventeenth-Century European Philosophy

Hardcover | August 1, 1997

EditorM. A. Stewart

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Studies in Seventeenth-Century European Philosophy is a collection of new, specially written essays on the flowering of modern philosophy on the continent of Europe. It is the second volume in a series designed to combine historical and analytical commentary on significant topics or periodsin the history of philosophy. The philosophy of seventeenth-century Europe was shaped by scientific and theological tensions. These are reflected in different readings of and reactions to Aristotle's philosophy and to the scholastic and other traditions, in the light of new learning and of concerns about matter and mechanism.This volume focuses on the work of Descartes, later Cartesians, Leibniz, and Bayle. It reassesses the influence of Augustine on Descartes and of the Reformed tradition on Leibniz, and traces anticipations of Leibniz's monadology in the cabalistic notions of van Helmont, the preformationist theoriesof Malebranche, and the experimental work of Dutch microscopists. New light is shed on the occasionalist theory of causation. The controversy over mind and matter is typical of the sceptical impasses that led Bayle to support toleration in all speculative matters, but how far this was a shield forfree thinking in matters of faith and morals continues to attract debate.

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Studies in Seventeenth-Century European Philosophy is a collection of new, specially written essays on the flowering of modern philosophy on the continent of Europe. It is the second volume in a series designed to combine historical and analytical commentary on significant topics or periodsin the history of philosophy. The philosoph...

M.A. Stewart is Professor of the History of Philosophy, University of Lancaster

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Preface1. Stephen Menn: Descartes, Augustine, and the status of faith2. Tad M. Schmaltz: Descartes on innate ideas, sensation, and scholasticism: The response to Regius3. Steven Nadler: Occasionalism and the mind-body problem4. Stuart Brown: F. M. van Helmont: His philosophical connections and the reception of his later cabbalistic philosophy5. Christia Mercer: Mechanizing Aristotle: Leibniz and reformed philosophy6. Catherine Wilson: Leibniz and the animalcula7. Thomas M. Lennon: Bayle, Locke, and the metaphysics of toleration8. David Wootton: Pierre Bayle, libertine?