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Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy 

Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy

Essays in Honor of Vere Chappell

Edited by: Paul Hoffman, David Owen, & Gideon Yaffe

Publication Date: February 22, 2008
366pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551116624 / 1551116626

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Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy is a collection of essays dedicated to Vere Chappell, one of the most respected scholars in the field of early modern philosophy. Seventeen distinguished scholars have contributed essays to this collection on topics including dualism, identity and essence, causation, theodicy, free will, perception, abstraction, and the moral law. 


"Original, incisive, probing essays on central topics in the history of modern philosophy by leaders in the field in honor of one of the masters in the discipline." - R.C. Sleigh, Jr., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

"This volume of eighteen well-crafted analytical essays on Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant is authored and edited by some of the best known historians of philosophy today. Ranging over issues in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, moral philosophy, and the philosophy of science, it is a fitting tribute to a notable scholar." - Catherine Wilson, City University of New York Graduate Center

Paul Hoffman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He has published widely in early modern philosophy in many of the top journals, including Journal of Philosophy and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.

David Owen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is the author of Hume's Reason (Oxford University Press, 1999). 

Gideon Yaffe is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Manifest Activity: Thomas Reid's Theory of Action (Oxford, 2004) and Liberty Worth the Name: Locke on Free Agency (Princeton University Press, 2000).

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Chapter 1. Gary Matthews, Descartes's Fourth Meditation as Theodicy

Chapter 2. Lisa Shapiro, "Turn My Will in Completely the Opposite Direction": Radical Doubt and Descartes's Account of Free Will

Chapter 3. Marleen Rozemond, Descartes's Ontology of the Eternal Truths

Chapter 4. Thomas M. Lennon, The Significance of Descartes's Objection of Objections

Chapter 5. Alison Simmons, Guarding the Body: A Cartesian Phenomenology of Perception

Chapter 6. John Carriero, Substance and Ends in Leibniz

Chapter 7. G.A.J. Rogers, Locke and the Creation of the Essay

Chapter 8. Nicholas Jolley, Lockean Abstractionism Versus Cartesian Nativism

Chapter 9. Edwin McCann, Identity, Essentialism, and the Substance of Body in Locke

Chapter 10. Dan Kaufman, The Resurrection of the Same Body and the Ontological Status of Organisms: What Locke Should Have (and Could Have) Told Stillingfleet

Chapter 11. Michael Jacovides, Lockean Fluids

Chapter 12. Kenneth Winkler, Locke's Defense of Mathematical Physics

Chapter 13. Martha Brandt Bolton, Intellectual Virtue and Moral Law in Locke's Ethics

Chapter 14. Margaret Atherton, What Have We Learned When We Learn to See?: Lessons Learned from the Theory of Vision Vindicated

Chapter 15. Janet Broughton, Hume's Explanation of Causal Inference

Chapter 16. Stephen Voss, A Critique of Kantian Sensibility

Chapter 17. Paul Guyer, Object, Self, and Cause: Kant's Answers to Hume


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