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Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz
The Concept of Substance in Seventeenth Century Metaphysics





ISBN 9780415090223
Published July 28, 1993 by Routledge
228 Pages

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This book introduces student to the three major figures of modern philosophy known as the rationalists. It is not for complete beginners, but it is an accessible account of their thought. By concerning itself with metaphysics, and in particular substance, the book relates an important historical debate largely neglected by the contemporary debates in the once again popular area of traditional metaphysics. in philosophy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, Editions and abbreviations, 1. Introduction, 2. Descartes and Substance, 3. Spinoza and Substance, 4. Leibniz and Substance, 5. Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, and Extended Substance, 6. Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, and the Mechanics of Extended Substance, 7. Causation, Occasionalism and Force, 8. Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, and Thinking Substance, 9. Extended Substance and Thinking Substance related: ‘the nature of the union between body and mind’, 10. Uncreated and Created Substance: God and the World, Bibliography, Index

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Woolhouse, Roger

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'...intelligent and often subtle introduction to rationalist metaphysics...a pleasure to read and demonstrates command of a great wealth of material.' - The Philosophical Review