Debates in Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses provides an in-depth, engaging introduction to important issues in modern philosophy. It presents 13 key interpretive debates to students, and ranges in coverage from Descartes' Meditations to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.
Debates include:Did Descartes have a developed and consistent view about how the mind interacts with the body?Was Leibniz an idealist, or did he believe in corporeal substances?What is Locke's theory of personal identity?Could there be a Berkeleian metaphysics without God?Did Hume believe in causal powers?What is Kant's transcendental idealism?
Each of the thirteen debates consists of a well known article or book chapter from a living philosopher, followed by a new response from a different scholar, specially commissioned for this volume. Every debate is prefaced by an introduction written for those coming upon the debates for the first time and followed by an annotated list for further reading. The volume starts with an introduction that explains the importance and relevance of the modern period and its key debates to philosophy and ends with a glossary that covers terms from both the modern period and the study of the history of philosophy in general.
Debates in Modern Philosophy will help students evaluate different interpretations of key texts from modern philosophy, and provide a model for constructing their own positions in these debates.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Debates in Modern Philosophy is a clear and accessible volume that engages the core issues in modern philosophy, from Descartes to Kant. Using a novel format, the editors have fashioned a fascinating conversation between scholars by commissioning new papers in response to classic essays on key topics such as Dualism, Personal Identity, Causation, Mechanism and Idealism. This format provides a model of philosophical debate and interpretation in the history of philosophy, and will prove indispensable both to students and scholars currently working in the field.
-Lisa Shabel, Ohio State University
This is a superbly conceived and realized introduction to Modern Philosophy. The debates are sophisticated enough to be useful to advanced students, while the editors' clear introductions also make Debates in Modern Philosophy suitable for introductory courses.
-Alan Nelson, University of North Carolina
There have now been three generations of analytical philosophers who have studied the early modern period from Descartes to Kant. This collection spans all three, exhibiting the excellence of scholarship and philosophy found in this tradition. It also illustrates some of the changes in position, and in approach, that have occurred in the analytical tradition. We also see in this collection how the analytical study of modern philosophy has come to recognize that analytical philosophy itself, earlier in its history, tended to overestimate the extent to which it had made progress over the philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There is a lot to be learned from reading this book both about the philosophy of the early modern period and the philosophy of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
-Allen Wood, Stanford University
Debates in Modern Philosophy is an extremely useful collection. The exchanges here are accessible and provocative, and show just how philosophically productive debate over the interpretation of historical texts can be. The model of one commentator directly engaging the interpretation of another works well, giving students concrete illustrations of reasoned interpretive disagreement and a sense of what is at stake in the construction and assessment of rival readings of historical texts. The topics are well chosen, providing both a representative sample of key issues in modern epistemology and metaphysics, and a range of texts that are ripe for further analysis and debate in the classroom.
-Tom Holden, University of California Santa Barbara
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