The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century

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EditorJames A. Harris

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Philosophy in eighteenth-century Britain was diverse, vibrant, and sophisticated. This was the age of Hume and Berkeley and Reid, of Hutcheson and Kames and Smith, of Ferguson and Burke and Wollstonecraft. Important and influential works were published in every area of philosophy, from thetheory of vision to theories of political resistance, from the philosophy of language to accounts of ways of governing the passions. The philosophers of eighteenth-century Britain were enormously influential, in France, in Italy, in Germany, and in America. Their ideas and arguments remain apowerful presence in philosophy three centuries later. This Oxford Handbook is the first book ever to provide comprehensive coverage of the full range of philosophical writing in Britain in the eighteenth century. It provides accounts of the writings of all the major figures, but also puts those figures in the context provided by a host of writers lesswell known today. The book has five principal sections: "Logic and Metaphysics", "The Passions", "Morals", "Criticism", and "Politics". Each section comprises four chapters, providing detailed coverage of all of the important aspects of its subject matter. There is also an introductory section, withchapters on the general character of philosophizing in eighteenth-century Britain, and a concluding section on the important question of the relation at this time between philosophy and religion.The authors of the chapters are experts in their fields. They include philosophers, historians, political theorists, and literary critics, and they teach in colleges and universities in Britain, in Europe, and in North America.

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Philosophy in eighteenth-century Britain was diverse, vibrant, and sophisticated. This was the age of Hume and Berkeley and Reid, of Hutcheson and Kames and Smith, of Ferguson and Burke and Wollstonecraft. Important and influential works were published in every area of philosophy, from thetheory of vision to theories of political resis...

James A. Harris is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy (OUP, 2005), and of articles on Hume, Hutcheson, Reid, Beattie, Priestley, and a number of themes in eighteenth-century British thought. He has edi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:February 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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James A. Harris: IntroductionPART 1: THE LANGUAGES OF PHILOSOPHY IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN1. TIMOTHY STANTON: Locke and his legacy2. ERIC SCHLIESSER: Newton and Newtonianism in eighteenth-century British thought3. JACQUELINE TAYLOR: The idea of a science of human nature4. PADDY BULLARD: Rhetoric and eloquence: the language of persuasionPART 2: LOGIC AND METAPHYSICS5. REBECCA COPENHAVER: Perception and the Language of Nature6. LAURENT JAFFRO: Language and thought7. JOHN P. WRIGHT: The understanding8. AARON GARRETT: Mind and matterPART 3: THE PASSIONS9. AMY SCHMITTER: Passions, affections, sentiments: taxonomy and terminology10. TERENCE CUNEO: Reason and the passions11. SEAN GREENBERG: Liberty and necessity12. JAMES A. HARRIS: The government of the passionsPART 4: MORALS13. CHRISTIAN MAURER: Self-interest and sociability14. P. J. E. KAIL: Moral judgment15. Dario Perinetti: The nature of virtue16. COLIN HEYDT: Practical ethicsPART 5: CRITICISM17. PAUL GUYER: The pleasures of the imagination and the objects of taste18. TIMOTHY M. COSTELLOE: The faculty of taste19. EVA DADLEZ: The pleasures of tragedy20. PETER KIVY: Genius and the creative imaginationPART 6: POLITICS21. DARIO CASTIGLIONE: The origin of civil government22. CRAIG SMITH: Forms of government23. NEIL McARTHUR: Reform and revolution24. RICHARD WHATMORE: Luxury, commerce, and the rise of political economyPART 7: PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION25. PAUL RUSSELL: Causation, cosmology, and the limits of philosophy: the early eighteenth-century British debate26. ALEXANDER BROADIE: Philosophy, revealed religion, and 'The Enlightenment'27. THOMAS AHNERT: Religion and morality

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