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The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy
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Roger Ariew, Jean-Robert Armogathe, Michael Ayers, Martha Bolton, Vere Chappell, Brian Copenhaver, Lorraine Daston, Peter Dear, Michael Della Rocca, Alan Gabbey, Daniel Garber, Knud Haakonssen, Gary Hatfield, John Henry, Susan James, Nicholas Jolley, Lynn Joy, Jill Kraye, Charles Larmore, Thomas Lennon, Michael Mahoney, Jean-Luc Marion, Charles McCracken, Stephen Menn, John Milton, David Mungello, Steven Nadler, Gabriel Nuchelmans, Richard Popkin, Robert Sleigh Jr., Udo Thiel, Richard Tuck, Margaret Wilson
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  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521588645

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  • The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy offers a uniquely comprehensive and authoritative overview of early-modern philosophy written by an international team of specialists. As with previous Cambridge histories of philosophy the subject is treated by topic and theme, and since history does not come packaged in neat bundles, the subject is also treated with great temporal flexibility, incorporating frequent reference to medieval and Renaissance ideas. The basic structure of the volumes corresponds to the way an educated seventeenth-century European might have organised the domain of philosophy. Thus, the history of science, religious doctrine, and politics feature very prominently. The narrative that unfolds begins with an intellectual world dominated by a synthesis of Aristotelianism and scholastic philosophy, but by the end of the period the mechanistic or 'corpuscularian' philosophy has emerged and exerted its full impact on traditional metaphysics, ethics, theology, logic, and epistemology.

    • The only comprehensive and authoritative survey of seventeenth-century philosophy
    • Broad interdisciplinary readership including history of ideas, history of science, and religious studies as well as philosophy
    • Important appendices include biographies of seventeenth-century thinkers and bibliographies
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    'To anyone conditioned by their philosophical education to see 17th century philosophy as narrowly preoccupied with puzzles in the 'theory of knowledge' the richness and diversity of these volumes will be a welcome surprise. The book as a whole is an unrivalled scholarly resource for those wishing to enhance their understanding of the many complex facets of early modern philosophy and its origins.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'This is an encyclopaedic history of the philosophical ideals central to the great change in Western philosophy from spiritualist scholasticism to materialist mechanism … I applaud the editors of this volume and Cambridge University Press for conceiving of and publishing this hard-core book.' International Studies in Philosophy

    'From the chapter titles alone it is evident that this volume will become essential reading for historians of science, as well as for anyone interested in the history of philosophy, logic, psychology, theology and ethics. The standard of presentation across this spectrum is very high … and there will be few readers who will not find their knowledge extended, their curiosity satisfied or stimulated to further enquiry … destined to become the standard work in this field for many years to come.' Renaissance Quarterly

    'The remark 'ground-breaking' on a dust-jacket is seldom to be believed but in this case the description is correct … Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students, researchers and faculty.' Choice

    'It overshadows all of its predecessors and will set the standard in the study of seventeenth century philosophy for at least the next 20 years.' The Philosophers' Magazine

    ' … simply magnificent … a grand revision, performed gracefully and without polemic'. London Review of Books

    'This volume reflects an underlying purpose in freeing the history of philosophy from an excessive preoccupation with the concerns of analytical philosophy, and a concern to substitute instead a picture of the subject as an educated European of the century would have understood it.' Political Studies

    'The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy is an outstanding collection that will be a standard reference work for some time to come and which will be an important point of call for anyone wanting to chart their way through the philosophy of one of the most exciting and significant centuries of all.' Metascience

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    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521588645
    • length: 1642 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 167 x 90 mm
    • weight: 2.79kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I: Part I. The Context of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy:
    1. The institutional setting Richard Tuck
    2. The intellectual setting Stephen Menn
    3. European responses to non-European philosophy: China David E. Mungello
    Part II. Logic, Language and Abstract Objects:
    4. Logic in the seventeenth century: preliminary remarks and the constituents of the proposition Gabriel Nuchelmans
    5. Proposition and judgement Gabriel Nuchelmans
    6. Deductive reasoning Gabriel Nuchelmans
    7. Method and the study of nature Peter Dear
    8. Universals, essences, and abstract entities Martha Bolton
    9. Individuation Udo Thiel
    Part III. God:
    10. The idea of God Jean-Luc Marion
    11. Proofs of the existence of God Jean-Robert Armogathe
    12. The Cartesian dialectic of creation Thomas M. Lennon
    13. The relation between theology and philosophy Nicholas Jolley
    14. The religious background of seventeenth-century philosophy Richard Popkin
    Part IV. Body and the Physical World:
    15. Body and the physical world: scholastic background Alan Gabbey and Roger Ariew
    16. The occultist tradition and its critics Brian Copenhaver
    17. Doctrines of explanation in late scholasticism and in the mechanical philosophy Steven Nadler
    18. New doctrines of body and its powers, place, and space Daniel Garber, John Henry, Lynn Joy and Alan Gabbey
    19. Knowledge of the existence of body Charles McCracken
    20. New doctrines of motion Alan Gabbey
    21. Laws of nature John R. Milton
    22. The mathematical realm of nature Michael Mahoney
    Part V. Spirit:
    23. Soul and mind: life and thought in the seventeenth century Daniel Garber
    24. Knowledge of the soul Charles McCracken
    25. Mind-body problems Daniel Garber and Margaret Wilson
    26. Personal identity Udo Thiel
    27. The passions in metaphysics and the theory of action Susan James
    Volume 2: Part VI. The Understanding:
    28. The cognitive faculties Gary Hatfield
    29. Theories of knowledge and belief Michael Ayers
    30. Ideas and objective being Michael Ayers
    31. Probability and evidence Lorraine Daston
    32. Scepticism Charles Larmore
    33. Determinism and human freedom Robert Sleigh Jr,Vere Chappell and Michael Della Rocca
    34. Conceptions of moral philosophy Jill Kraye
    35. Divine/natural law theories in ethics Knud Haakonssen
    36. Reason, the passions, and the good life Susan James.

  • Editors

    Daniel Garber, University of Chicago

    Michael Ayers, Wadham College, Oxford

    Contributors

    Roger Ariew, Jean-Robert Armogathe, Michael Ayers, Martha Bolton, Vere Chappell, Brian Copenhaver, Lorraine Daston, Peter Dear, Michael Della Rocca, Alan Gabbey, Daniel Garber, Knud Haakonssen, Gary Hatfield, John Henry, Susan James, Nicholas Jolley, Lynn Joy, Jill Kraye, Charles Larmore, Thomas Lennon, Michael Mahoney, Jean-Luc Marion, Charles McCracken, Stephen Menn, John Milton, David Mungello, Steven Nadler, Gabriel Nuchelmans, Richard Popkin, Robert Sleigh Jr., Udo Thiel, Richard Tuck, Margaret Wilson

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