Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy

Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy

by James A. Harris
     
 

In Of Liberty and Necessity James A. Harris presents the first comprehensive account of the free will problem in eighteenth-century British philosophy. Harris proposes new interpretations of the positions of familiar figures such as Locke, Hume, Edwards, and Reid. He also gives careful attention to writers such as William King, Samuel Clarke, Anthony Collins, Lord…  See more details below

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In Of Liberty and Necessity James A. Harris presents the first comprehensive account of the free will problem in eighteenth-century British philosophy. Harris proposes new interpretations of the positions of familiar figures such as Locke, Hume, Edwards, and Reid. He also gives careful attention to writers such as William King, Samuel Clarke, Anthony Collins, Lord Kames, James Beattie, David Hartley, Joseph Priestley, and Dugald Stewart, who, while well known in the eighteenth century, have since been largely ignored by historians of philosophy. Through detailed textual analysis, and by making precise use of a variety of different contexts, Harris elucidates the contribution that each of these writers makes to the eighteenth-century discussion of the will and its freedom.

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"...deepens our understanding of the history of eighteenth-century British accounts of freedom by placing the well known accounts of Locke, Hume, and Reid in a richer context than is usually considered by historians of early modern philosophy." — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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ISBN-13:
9780199234752
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2008
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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University of St Andrews

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