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The Cartesian Semantics of the Port Royal Logic

The Cartesian Semantics of the Port Royal Logic

1st Edition

Forthcoming

John N. Martin
November 22, 2019

This book sets out for the first time in English and in the terms of modern logic the semantics of the Port Royal Logic (La Logique ou l’Art de penser, 1662-1685) of Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole, perhaps the most influential logic book in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its goal is to explain how...

Freedom, Action, and Motivation in Spinoza’s

Freedom, Action, and Motivation in Spinoza’s "Ethics"

1st Edition

Noa Naaman-Zauderer
October 21, 2019

The present volume posits the themes of freedom, action, and motivation as the central principles that drive Spinoza’s Ethics from its first part to its last. It assembles essays by internationally leading scholars who provide different, sometimes opposing interpretations of these fundamental...

Leibniz’s Legacy and Impact

Leibniz’s Legacy and Impact

1st Edition

Julia Weckend, Lloyd Strickland
September 05, 2019

This volume tells the story of the legacy and impact of the great German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Leibniz made significant contributions to many areas, including philosophy, mathematics, political and social theory, theology, and various sciences. The essays in this volume...

Causation and Cognition in Early Modern Philosophy

Causation and Cognition in Early Modern Philosophy

1st Edition

Dominik Perler, Sebastian Bender
July 30, 2019

This book re-examines the roles of causation and cognition in early modern philosophy. The standard historical narrative suggests that early modern thinkers abandoned Aristotelian models of formal causation in favor of doctrines that appealed to relations of efficient causation between material...

Locke’s Ideas of Mind and Body

Locke’s Ideas of Mind and Body

1st Edition

Han-Kyul Kim
July 02, 2019

This book begins with a survey of various readings of Locke as a materialist, as a substance dualist, and as a property dualist, and demonstrates that these inconsistent interpretations result from a general failure of modern commentators to notice the significance of Locke’s ‘mind-body nominalism’...

Mind, Body, and Morality: New Perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza

Mind, Body, and Morality: New Perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza

1st Edition

Martina Reuter, Frans Svensson
March 14, 2019

The turn of the millennium has been marked by new developments in the study of early modern philosophy. In particular, the philosophy of René Descartes has been reinterpreted in a number of important and exciting ways, specifically concerning his work on the mind-body union, the connection between...

Experiment, Speculation and Religion in Early Modern Philosophy

Experiment, Speculation and Religion in Early Modern Philosophy

1st Edition

Alberto Vanzo, Peter R. Anstey
March 14, 2019

Experimental philosophy was an exciting and extraordinarily successful development in the study of nature in the seventeenth century. Yet experimental philosophy was not without its critics and was far from the only natural philosophical method on the scene. In particular, experimental philosophy...

Locke's Science of Knowledge

Locke's Science of Knowledge

1st Edition

Matt Priselac
March 05, 2019

John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding begins with a clear statement of an epistemological goal: to explain the limits of human knowledge, opinion, and ignorance. The actual text of the Essay, in stark contrast, takes a long and seemingly meandering path before returning to that goal...

Physics and Metaphysics in Descartes and in his Reception

Physics and Metaphysics in Descartes and in his Reception

1st Edition

Delphine Antoine-Mahut, Sophie Roux
September 17, 2018

This volume explores the relationship between physics and metaphysics in Descartes’ philosophy. According to the standard account, Descartes modified the objects of metaphysics and physics and inverted the order in which these two disciplines were traditionally studied. This book challenges the...

Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Motion: Descartes and Beyond

Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Motion: Descartes and Beyond

1st Edition

Peter Anstey, Dana Jalobeanu
November 28, 2017

This volume explores the themes of vanishing matter, matter and the laws of nature, the qualities of matter, and the diversity of the debates about matter in the early modern period. Chapters are unified by a number of interlocking themes which together enable some of the broader contours of the...

Locke and Leibniz on Substance

Locke and Leibniz on Substance

1st Edition

Paul Lodge, Tom Stoneham
November 28, 2017

Locke and Leibniz on Substance gathers together papers by an international group of academic experts, examining the metaphysical concept of substance in the writings of these two towering philosophers of the early modern period. Each of these newly-commissioned essays considers important...

The Idea of Principles in Early Modern Thought: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Idea of Principles in Early Modern Thought: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Peter R. Anstey
April 14, 2017

This collection presents the first sustained examination of the nature and status of the idea of principles in early modern thought. Principles are almost ubiquitous in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: the term appears in famous book titles, such as Newton’s Principia; the notion plays a...

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