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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Desmond M. Clarke and Catherine Wilson

Volume 1, issue Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199556137
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199556137.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe is a survey of the development of philosophy between the middle of the sixteenth century and the early eighteenth century, by twenty-six leading scholars, who cover the following five areas: metaphysics and natural philosophy; the mind, the passions, and aesthetics; epistemology, logic, mathematics, and language; ethics and political philosophy; religion. The period between the publication of Copernicus's De Revolutionibus and Berkeley's reflections on Newton and Locke saw one of the most fundamental changes in the history of our way of thinking about the universe. This radical transformation of worldview was partly a response to what we now call the Scientific Revolution; it was equally a reflection of political changes that were no less fundamental, which included the establishment of nation-states and some of the first attempts to formulate a theory of international rights and justice. The Reformation and its aftermath undermined the apparent unity of the Christian church in Europe and challenged both religious beliefs that had been accepted for centuries and the interpretation of the Bible on which they had been based. The Handbook surveys a number of the most important developments in the philosophy of the period, as these are expounded both in texts that have since become very familiar and in other philosophical texts that are undeservedly less well-known. It also reaches beyond the philosophy to make evident the fluidity of the boundary with science, and to consider the impact on philosophy of historical and political events — explorations, revolutions and reforms, inventions and discoveries.

Keywords: sixteenth century; eighteenth century; metaphysics; natural philosophy; mind; passions; aesthetics; epistemology; logic; mathematics

Book.  616 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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Essences and Kinds in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

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Machines, Souls, and Vital Principles in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

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