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Classical Modern Philosophy

A Contemporary Introduction, 1st Edition

By Jeffrey Tlumak


382 pages

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Classical Modern Philosophy introduces students to the key philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and explores their most important works. Jeffrey Tlumak takes the reader on a chronological journey from Descartes to Kant, tracing the themes that run through the period and their interrelations. The main texts covered are:

  • Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Spinoza's Ethics
  • Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • Leibniz's Discourse on Metaphysics and Monadology
  • Berkeley's A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
  • Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
  • Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

Classical Modern Philosophy is the ideal textbook to accompany a course in the history of modern philosophy, but each chapter can also be studied alone as an introduction to the featured philosopher or work. Jeffrey Tlumak outlines and assesses prominent interpretations of the texts, and surveys the legacy of each great thinker.


'This is the ideal text for undergraduate courses in early modern philosophy. Tlumak's account of these philosophers is accurate, thorough, and concise, and written in a clear and accessible style.' –James Baillie, University of Portland, USA

'The book is impressively researched and rich in detail. There are no books on the market that rival this in terms of breadth and depth. It will be crucial reading for those encountering the philosophy of the modern period for the first time, as well for more advanced students.' – Andrew Chignell, Cornell University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Descarte and the Rise of Modern Philosophy 2. Spinoza 3. Locke 4. Leibniz 5. Berkeley 6. Hume 7. Kant

About the Author

Jeffrey Tlumak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

An innovative, well structured series, the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy are designed for students who already have completed an introductory-level course in philosophy.  Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject.  The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivates and expounds the problems and positions introduced.  An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course.  Considerable attention is given to explaining central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions.  The primary aim is to educate students in the main problems, positions and arguments of contemporary philosophy rather than to convince students of a single position.

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