The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century

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  • Copyright: 2013-08-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

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 Locke and 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

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

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