Bacon to Kant: An Introduction to Modern Philosophy / Edition 2

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"The philosophers of the Modern period grappled with and shaped philosophical problems that are still very much alive today. Now revised and expanded, this guide to primary texts in modern philosophy offers students an excellent introduction to the most-studied Rationalist and Empiricist philosophers. As with the original edition, the Second Edition provides summaries and explanations that are pitched at a level that makes the thoughts and ideas of nine great philosophers accessible to students in an untrivialized manner." For readers struggling to come to grips with the epistemological and metaphysical views of the modern period, Bacon to Kant, 2/E, is an invaluable resource and serves as an ideal companion volume for studying original works. Thomson explains and analyzes central arguments in a readable and engaging style. Critical assessments of evolving views and arguments, contrasting interpretations of original texts, and thought-provoking questions designed to promote lively discussion will help students connect the material to wider contemporary philosophical issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577662013
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/11/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Rationalists 9
Biography: Descartes (1596-1650) 11
Ch. 1 Descartes: The Method of Doubt and the Cogito 14
Ch. 2 Descartes: God 26
Ch. 3 Descartes: Mind and Body 37
Biography: Spinoza (1632-1677) 52
Ch. 4 Spinoza: God and Substance 54
Ch. 5 Spinoza: The Nature of the Mind 65
Ch. 6 Spinoza: Theory of Knowledge 74
Biography: Leibniz (1646-1716) 80
Ch. 7 Leibniz: Truth and Reason 83
Ch. 8 Leibniz: Monads 92
Ch. 9 Leibniz: God and Space 101
Part One: Conclusion 109
Pt. 2 The Empiricists 113
Biography: Francis Bacon (1561-1626) 116
Ch. 10 Bacon: The Philosophy of Science 118
Biography: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) 126
Ch. 11 Hobbes: Science and Nature 129
Ch. 12 Hobbes: From Psychology to Politics 137
Biography: John Locke (1632-1704) 144
Ch. 13 Locke: Ideas and Qualities 147
Ch. 14 Locke: The Formation of Complex Ideas 160
Ch. 15 Locke: Language and Knowledge 170
Biography: George Berkeley (1685-1753) 182
Ch. 16 Berkeley: The Denial of Matter 184
Ch. 17 Berkeley: God and Minds 198
Biography: David Hume (1711-1776) 208
Ch. 18 Hume: Ideas and Impressions 211
Ch. 19 Hume: Causation 218
Ch. 20 Hume: Material Bodies and Identity 229
Part Two: Conclusion 237
Pt. 3 Kant 243
Kantian Starting Points 244
Biography: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) 246
Ch. 21 Kant: The Transcendental Aesthetic 249
Ch. 22 Kant: The Analytic of Concepts 257
Ch. 23 Kant: The Analytic of Principles 267
Ch. 24 Kant: The Transcendental Dialectic 280
Suggested Reading 295
Notes 299
Glossary 303
Index 309
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