The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy by Stefano Di BellaThe Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy by Stefano Di Bella

The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy

EditorStefano Di Bella, Tad M. Schmaltz

Hardcover | August 11, 2017

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The ancient topic of universals was central to scholastic philosophy, which raised the question of whether universals exist as Platonic forms, as instantiated Aristotelian forms, as concepts abstracted from singular things, or as words that have universal signification. It might be thoughtthat this question lost its importance after the decline of scholasticism in the modern period. However, the fourteen contributions contained in The Problem of Univerals in Early Modern Philosophy indicate that the issue of universals retained its vitality in modern philosophy. Modern philosophersin fact were interested in 3 sets of issues concerning universals: (i) issues concerning the ontological status of universals, (ii) issues concerning the psychology of the formation of universal concepts or terms, and (iii) issues concerning the value and use of universal concepts or terms in theacquisition of knowledge. Chapters in this volume consider the various forms of "Platonism," "conceptualism" and "nominalism" (and distinctive combinations thereof) that emerged from the consideration of such issues in the work of modern philosophers. Furthermore, this volume covers not only thecanonical modern figures, namely, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant, but also more neglected figures such as Pierre Gassendi, Pierre-Sylvain Regis, Nicolas Malebranche, Henry More, Ralph Cudworth and John Norris.
Stephano Di Bella is Professor of The History of Philosophy at the University of Milan. Tad Schmaltz is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan.
Title:The Problem of Universals in Early Modern PhilosophyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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