This collection of essays on themes in the work of John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume is intended to provide a deepened understanding of major issues raised in the Empiricist tradition. It introduces students to important metaphysical and epistemological issues including the theory of ideas, personal identity and skepticism, through the best of contemporary scholarship.
Reprints essays on such topics as: Locke on perceiving "things"; the structure of Locke's general philosophy; Locke, law, and the law of nature; Berkeley's ideas of sense; whether Berkeley completely misunderstood the basis of the primary-secondary quality distinction in Locke; Berkelian idealism and impossible performances; Berkeley's notion of spirit; the representation of causation and Hume's two definitions of ; and Hume's inductive skepticism. The editor's introduction provides an account of the important ideas of these three thinkers, with an emphasis on continuing controversies regarding interpretation. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Margaret Atherton is professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She is the author of Berkeley's Revolution and Vision and the editor of Women Philosophers of Early Modern Europe.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 1 "Ideas" and "Objects": Locke on Perceiving "Things" Chapter 4 2 The Foundations of Knowledge and the Logic of Substance: The Structure of Locke's General Philosophy Chapter 5 3 Locke, Law, and the Law of Nature Chapter 6 4 Locke on Identity: Matter, Life, and Consciousness Chapter 7 5 Berkeley's Ideas of Sense Chapter 8 6 Did Berkeley Completely Misunderstand the Basis of the Primary-Secondary Quality Distinction in Locke? Chapter 9 7 Berkeleian Idealism and Impossible Performances Chapter 10 8 Berkeley's Notion of Spirit Chapter 11 9 The Representation of Causation and Hume's Two Definitions of Cause Chapter 12 10 Hume's Inductive Scepticism Chapter 13 11 The Soul and the Self Chapter 14 12 Hume's Scepticism: Natural Instincts and Philosophical Reflection Part 15 Selected Bibliography Part 16 Authors