The early modern period is arguably the most pivotal of all in the study of the mind, teeming with a variety of conceptions of mind. Some of these posed serious questions for assumptions about the nature of the mind, many of which still depended on notions of the soul and God. It is an era that witnessed the emergence of theories and arguments that continue to animate the study of philosophy of mind, such as dualism, vitalism, materialism, and idealism.
Covering pivotal figures in philosophy such as Descartes, Hobbes, Kant, Leibniz, Cavendish, and Spinoza, Philosophy of Mind in the Early Modern and Modern Ages provides an outstanding survey of philosophy of mind of the period. Following an introduction by Rebecca Copenhaver, sixteen specially commissioned chapters by an international team of contributors discuss key topics, thinkers, and debates, including:
- Descartes’ philosophy of mind and its early critics,
- the later Cartesians,
- Descartes and Leibniz,
- perception and sensation,
- mental substance and mental activity,
- Hume, and
Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, enlightenment philosophy, and the history of philosophy, Philosophy of Mind in the Early Modern and Modern Ages is also a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as religion, history of psychology, and history of science.
Table of Contents
Introduction Rebecca Copenhaver 1. ‘Where is My Mind?:’ Locating the Mind Metaphysically in Hobbes Amy M. Schmitter 2. The Cambridge Platonists: Material and Immaterial Substance Jasper Reid 3. Descartes’s Philosophy of Mind and its Early Critics Antonia LoLordo 4. Consciousness and Reflection: The Later Cartesians Steven Nadler 5. Malebranche on Mind Julie Walsh 6. Cavendish and Conway on the Individual Human Mind Karen Detlefsen 7. Locke and Metaphysics of ‘State of Sensibility’ Vili Lähteenmäki 8. Spinoza on thinking substance and the non-substantial mind Beth Lord 9. Two Theories of Mind as an Immaterial Substance: Descartes and Leibniz Martha Brandt Bolton 10. Leibniz on Perception, Sensation, Apperception, and Conscientia Christian Barth 11. Leibniz on Appetitions and Desires Julia Jorati 12. The Clarke Collins Correspondence William Uzgalis 13. Mental Substance and Mental Activity Margaret Atherton 14. Thomas Reid’s Common Sense Philosophy of Mind Todd Buras 15. Persons and Passions in Hume’s Philosophy of Mind Angela Coventry 16. Kant on the Mind Andrew Brook Index
Rebecca Copenhaver is Professor of Philosophy at Lewis and Clark College, USA. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Res Philosophica, Philosophical Quarterly, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Journal for the History of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy and The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century. Copenhaver is the editor of the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century Philosophy section of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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