The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Paperback | May 22, 2013

EditorDesmond M. Clarke, Catherine Wilson

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In this Handbook twenty-six leading scholars survey the development of philosophy between the middle of the sixteenth century and the early eighteenth century. The five parts of the book cover metaphysics and natural philosophy; the mind, the passions, and aesthetics; epistemology, logic,mathematics, and language; ethics and political philosophy; and religion.The period between the publication of Copernicus's De Revolutionibus and Berkeley's reflections on Newton and Locke saw one of the most fundamental changes in the history of our way of thinking about the universe. This radical transformation of worldview was partly a response to what we now call theScientific Revolution; it was equally a reflection of political changes that were no less fundamental, which included the establishment of nation-states and some of the first attempts to formulate a theory of international rights and justice. Finally, the Reformation and its aftermath undermined theapparent unity of the Christian church in Europe and challenged both religious beliefs that had been accepted for centuries and the interpretation of the Bible on which they had been based.The Handbook surveys a number of the most important developments in the philosophy of the period, as these are expounded both in texts that have since become very familiar and in other philosophical texts that are undeservedly less well-known. It also reaches beyond the philosophy to make evidentthe fluidity of the boundary with science, and to consider the impact on philosophy of historical and political events - explorations, revolutions and reforms, inventions and discoveries. Thus it not only offers a guide to the most important areas of recent research, but also offers some newquestions for historians of philosophy to pursue and to have indicated areas that are ripe for further exploration.

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In this Handbook twenty-six leading scholars survey the development of philosophy between the middle of the sixteenth century and the early eighteenth century. The five parts of the book cover metaphysics and natural philosophy; the mind, the passions, and aesthetics; epistemology, logic,mathematics, and language; ethics and political ...

Desmond M. Clarke is Professor (Emeritus) of Philosophy at University College Cork, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is general editor (with Karl Ameriks) of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy; his recent monographs include Descartes's Theory of Mind (OUP, 2003) and Descartes: A Biography (CUP, 2006). His translat...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:616 pagesPublished:May 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on the ContributorsAbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy1. Peter R. Anstey: Essences and Kinds2. Tad M. Schmaltz: From Causes to Laws3. Emily Grosholz: Space and Time4. Helen Hattab: The Mechanical Philosophy5. Justin E. H. Smith: Machines, Souls, and Vital PrinciplesPart II: The Mind, the Passions, and Aesthetics6. R. W. Serjeantson: The Soul7. Pauline Phemister: Ideas8. Philippe Hamou: Qualities and Sensory Perception9. Gabor Boros: The Passions10. Alexander Rueger: AestheticsPart III: Epistemology, Logic, Mathematics and Language11. Jose R. Maia Neto: Sceptisism12. Desmond M. Clarke: Hypotheses13. Jaap Maat: Language and Semiotics14. Mary Tiles: Form, Reason, and Method15. Jean-Francois Gauvin: Instruments of Knowledge16. Stephen Gaukroger: Picturability and Mathematical Ideals of KnowledgePart IV: Ethics and Political Philosophy17. P. J. E. Kail: Virtue and Vice18. Stephen Darwall: Egoism and Morality19. Catherine Wilson: Realism and Relativism in Ethics20. Paul Russell: The Free Will Problem21. Eileen O'Neill: The Equality of Men and Women22. Ian Hunter: Natural Law as Political Philosophy23. Ursula Goldenbaum: Sovereignty and ObediencePart V: Religion24. Steven Nadler: Conceptions of God25. Desmond M. Clarke: The Epistemology of Religious Belief26. Philip Milton: Religious Toleration

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"a wonderful guide to the general contours of philosophical thinking in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, valuable for advanced undergraduates through to seasoned scholars of early modern thought ... There are many excellent essays that will bear intellectual fruit through multiplereadings." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews