Rise of Modern Philosophy A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 3

ISBN-10: 0198752768

ISBN-13: 9780198752769

Edition: 2008

Authors: Anthony Kenny

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Sir Anthony Kenny's engaging new multi-volume history of Western philosophy now advances into the modern era. The Rise of Modern Philosophy captures the fascinating story of the emergence, from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, of the great ideas and intellectual systems that shaped modern thought. Kenny introduces us to some of the world's most original and influential thinkers and helps us gain an understanding of their famous works. The great minds we meet include Rene Descartes, traditionally seen as the founder of modern philosophy; the great British philosophers Hobbes, Locke, and Hume; continental thinkers such as Spinoza, Liebniz, and Hegel; and the towering figure of Immanuel Kant, who perhaps more than any other made philosophy what it is today. Kenny first tells the story of modern philosophy chronologically: his lively, accessible narrative brings the philosophers to life and fills in the historical and intellectual background to their work. It is ideal as the first thing to read for someone new to this wonderfully creative period. Kenny then backtracks to look closely at each of the main areas of philosophical exploration in this period: knowledge and understanding; the nature of the physical universe; metaphysics (the most fundamental questions there are about existence); mind and soul; the nature and content of morality; political philosophy; and God. The book also features many intriguing and beautiful illustrations which evoke the human and social side of philosophy. Anyone who is interested in the evolution of modern thought will find this a book a treasure.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 370
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Sixteenth-Century Philosophy
Humanism and Reform
Sin, Grace, and Freedom
Authority and Conscience
The Decline of Logic
Scepticism, Sacred and Profane
Counter-Reformation Philosophy
Giordano Bruno
Descartes to Berkeley
The Cambridge Platonists
Hume to Hegel
Smith and Reid
The Enlightenment
Wolff and Lessing
Fichte and Schelling
Montaigne's Scepticism
Descartes' Response
Cartesian Consciousness
The Empiricism of Hobbes
Locke's Ideas
Spinoza on Degrees of Knowledge
The Epistemology of Leibniz
Berkeley on Qualities and Ideas
Hume on Ideas and Impressions
Kant's Synthetic a priori
Realism vs Idealism
Idealist Epistemology
Natural Philosophy
Cartesian Physics
The Atomism of Gassendi
The Labyrinth of the Continuum
Kant's Antinomies
The Metaphysics of Suarez
Descartes on Eternal Truths
Three Notions of Substance
Single Necessary Substance
Making Room for Contingency
Berkeley's Idealism
Hume on Causation
The Response of Kant
Mind and Soul
Descartes on Mind
Dualism and its Discontents
Determinism, Freedom, and Compatibilism
Locke on Personal Identity
The Soul as the Idea of the Body in Spinoza
Leibniz's Monadology
Berkeley and Hume on Spirits and Selves
Kant's Anatomy of the Mind
Mysticism and Stoicism
Pascal against the Jesuits
Spinoza's Ethical System
Hume on Reason, Passion, and Virtue
Kant on Morality, Duty, and Law
Hegel's Ethical Synthesis
Political Philosophy
Machiavelli's Prince
More's Utopia
Just and Unjust Wars
Hobbes on Chaos and Sovereignty
Spinoza's Political Determinism
Locke on Civil Government
Montesquieu on Law
Rousseau and the General Will
Hegel on the Nation-State
Molina on Omniscience and Freedom
Descartes' Rational Theology
Pascal and Spinoza on God
The Optimism of Leibniz
The God of Berkeley
Hume on Religion
Kant's Theological Dialectic
The Absolute of Hegel
List of Abbreviations and Conventions
List of Illustrations
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