Pierre Bayle's Cartesian Metaphysics: Rediscovering Early Modern Philosophy

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In his magnum opus, the Historical and Critical Dictionary (1697), Pierre Bayle engaged in a series of brilliant criticisms of the major philosophical positions of the 17 th Century. Through a careful analysis of Bayle?s critical encounters with the metaphysical systems of the modern philosophers, this book argues that despite his reputation as a skeptic Bayle was not without philosophical commitments. Unfortunately, this more positive facet of Bayle?s thought has been underappreciated by scholars of Early Modern philosophy. Thus there remains a genuine need for a detailed study of Bayle?s metaphysics and its relation to the scientific revolution of the seventeenth-century. This impressive volume will be of interest to historians of philosophy and anyone interested by Bayle.

Table of Contents

Cartesian Metaphysics
Mind-Body Dualism
Critique of Lockean Superaddition
Mechanism and Animal Souls
Critique of Spinoza
God and the World
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