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The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century comprises twenty-six new essays by leading experts in the field. This unique scholarly resource provides advanced students and scholars with a comprehensive overview of the current issues that are informing research on the subject, while at the same time offering new lines of research. The volume is ambitious in scope and far reaching in impact. It covers the whole of the seventeenthcentury, ranging from Francis Bacon, who flourished early in the century, to John Locke and Isaac Newton, who rose to prominence as the century drew to a close. In addition to dealing with canonical authors and celebrated texts, such as Thomas Hobbes and his Leviathan, the Handbook discusses many lesser knownfigures and debates from the period, whose importance is only now being appreciated.
Peter R. Anstey is the inaugural Professor of Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He trained at the University of Sydney and specialises in the thought of Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, and John Locke. He is the author or The Philosophy of Robert Boyle (2000), John Lockeand Natural Philosophy (2011) and is currently editing (with Lawrence M. Principe) John Locke: Writings on Natural Philosophy and Medicine for the Clarendon edition of Locke's Works.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: The discipline of philosophy in seventeenth-century Britain 1. Becoming a philosopher in seventeenth-century Britain, Richard Serjeantson Part II: Natural Philosophers and the Philosophy of nature 2. Francis Bacon, Guido Giglioni 3. Robert Boyle, J. J. MacIntosh 4. Isaac Newton, Andrew Janiak 5. The reception of Cartesianism, John Henry 6. Observation and mathematics, Mary Domski 7. The status of theory and hypotheses, Steffen Ducheyne 8. Substance and essence, Michael Edwards 9. The nature of body, Dana Jalobeanu 10. The theory of material qualities, Peter R. Anstey 11. Theories of generation and form, Justin E. H. Smith 12. Soul and body, John Sutton Part III: Knowledge and Human Understanding 13. John Locke on the understanding, Peter R. Anstey 14. Ideas, Keith Allen 15. Probable opinion, James Franklin 16. Logic and demonstrative knowledge, Douglas M. Jesseph Part IV: Moral philosophy 17. Will and motivation, Samuel Rickless 18. Hedonism and virtue, Erin Frykholm and Donald Rutherford 19. Passions and affections, Amy Schmitter 20. Natural law and natural rights, Thomas Mautner Part V: Political philosophy 21. Women, freedom, and equality, Sarah Hutton 22. Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan , Catherine Wilson 23. John Locke's Two Treatises of Government, A. John Simmons 24. The origin and development of property, Kiyoshi Shimokawa 25. Sovereignty, Conal Condren 26. Toleration, Jon Parkin Index