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New Essays on the Rationalists - Rocco J. Gennaro

New Essays on the Rationalists

By: Rocco J. Gennaro (Editor), Charles Huenemann (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1999
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This collection presents some of the most vital and original recent writings on Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, the three greatest rationalists of the early modern period. Their work offered brilliant and distinct integrations of science, morals, metaphysics, and religion, which today remain at the center of philosophical discussion. The essays written especially for this volume explore how these three philosophical systems treated matter, substance, human freedom, natural necessity, knowledge, mind, and consciousness. The contributors include some of the most prominent writers in the field, including Jonathan Bennett, Michael Della Rocca, Jan A. Cover, Catherine Wilson, Stephen Voss, Edwin Curley, Don Garrett, and Margaret D. Wilson.

"Offers a great deal for the specialist to get his or her teeth into. The contributions are of an almost uniformly high quality. Most [of the contributors] are driven by a desire to achieve a better understanding of the philosophers themselves [rather than using] these great, dead philosophers simply as a pretext or springboard for discussing an issue of contemporary concern. Those who regard this as a step in the right direction will find much to admire in the present volume."--Nicholas Jolley, Philosophical Review

Introduction Part I - Matter and Substance 1.: Jonathan Bennett, Syracuse University: Space and Subtle Matter in Descartes's Metaphysics 2.: Eric Palmer, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania: Descartes on Nothing in Particular 3.: Michael Della Rocca, Yale University: "If a Body Meets a Body": Descartes on Body-Body Causation 4.: Mathew Stuart, Bowdoin College, Maine: Descartes's Extended Substances 5.: Jan A. Cover, Purdue University: Spinoza's Extended Substance: Cartesian and Leibnizian Reflections 6.: Samuel Levey, Dartmouth College: Leibniz's Constructivism and Infinitely Folded Matter 7.: Susanna Goodin, University of Wyoming: Locke and Leibniz and the Debate over Species Part II - Freedom and Necessity 8.: Joseph Keim Campbell, Washington State University: Descartes on Spontaneity, Indifference, and Alternatives 9.: Eric Sotnak, University of Akron, Ohio: The Range of Leibnizian Compatibilism 10.: Charles Huenemann, Utah State University: The Necessity of Finite Modes and Geometrical Containment in Spinoza's Metaphysics 11.: Edwin Curley and Gregory Walski, both at University of Michigan: Spinoza's Necessitarianism Reconsidered Part III - Mind and Consciousness 12.: Stephen Voss, Bogazici University, Turkey: A Spectator at the Theater of the World 13.: Clarence Bonnen and Daniel Flage, both at James Madison University, Virginia: Distinctness 14.: Geoffrey Gorham, Cornell College, Iowa: Causation and Similarity in Descartes 15.: Don Garret, University of Utah: Teleology in Spinoza and Early Modern Rationalism 16.: Margaret D. Wilson, Princeton University: "For They Do Not Agree In Nature With Us": Spinoza on the Lower Animals 17.: Rocco J. Gennaro, Indiana State University: Leibniz on Consciousness and Self-Consciousness 18.: Catherine Wilson, University of Alberta, Canada: The Illusory Nature of Leibniz's System Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780195124880
ISBN-10: 019512488X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.76