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Routledge Library Editions: 18th Century Philosophy


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This collection reissues 17 titles that provide an excellent overview of 18th century philosophy – as well as the debates that surround the topic. Featuring works on Berkeley, Hume, Kant and Rousseau, among others, the collection examines a host of philosophical arguments by the leading thinkers of the time. It is an essential reference collection.

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An Introduction to Kant's Philosophy

An Introduction to Kant's Philosophy

1st Edition

By Norman Clark
November 15, 2020

Emmanuel Kant has the distinction of having introduced a great revolution into philosophy and yet stood the test of time. He stands as one of the great foundation stones of modern thought. This book, first published in 1925, covers Kant’s works essential to his philosophy as a system, and also ...

Berkeley on Abstraction and Abstract Ideas

Berkeley on Abstraction and Abstract Ideas

1st Edition

Edited By Willis Doney
November 15, 2020

Berkeley’s critique of abstract ideas in the Introduction to Principles of Human Knowledge has provoked a great deal of commentary of various sorts. This anthology, first published in 1989, presents a selection of historically important and philosophically interesting discussions on Berkeley’s ...

Berkeley's Doctrine of Notions A Reconstruction Based on his Theory of Meaning

Berkeley's Doctrine of Notions: A Reconstruction Based on his Theory of Meaning

1st Edition

By Daniel E. Flage
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1987, offers a reconstruction of Berkeley’s doctrine on notions by examining the implications of his repeated suggestion that there is a close relationship between his doctrine and his semantic theory. The study ties in with some of the most important topics in modern ...

Berkeley: The Philosophy of Immaterialism

Berkeley: The Philosophy of Immaterialism

1st Edition

By I.C. Tipton
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1974, presents a critical examination of Berkeley’s immaterialism. It is based on a detailed study of his writings (in particular of his notebooks), and while it places his ideas against their eighteenth-century background it also takes into account the various ...

David Hume's Theory of Mind

David Hume's Theory of Mind

1st Edition

By Daniel E. Flage
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1990, is a detailed examination of David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. It shows that the theory of mind developed in the Trestise is a thread which ties together many of the seemingly unrelated philosophical issues discussed in the work. Hume’s primary objective was...

David Hume: His Theory of Knowledge and Morality

David Hume: His Theory of Knowledge and Morality

1st Edition

By D.G.C. MacNabb
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1951, is an examination of Hume’s ‘Treatise of Human Nature’, ‘An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals’, and ‘An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding’. It lucidly clarifies and makes alive the new discoveries of Hume’s works in a study that makes plain the ...

Hume's Skepticism in the Treatise of Human Nature

Hume's Skepticism in the Treatise of Human Nature

1st Edition

By Robert J. Fogelin
November 15, 2020

This work, first published in 1985, offers a general interpretation of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. Most Hume scholarship has either neglected or downplayed an important aspect of Hume’s position – his scepticism. This book puts that right, examining in close detail the sceptical arguments in ...

Hume's Theory of the Understanding

Hume's Theory of the Understanding

1st Edition

By Ralph W. Church
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1935, is an examination of Hume’s theories of causal inference and belief in substance and his analysis of the understanding....

Kant on Absolute Value A Critical Examination of Certain Key Notions in Kant's 'Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals' and of his Ontology of Personal Value

Kant on Absolute Value: A Critical Examination of Certain Key Notions in Kant's 'Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals' and of his Ontology of Personal Value

1st Edition

By Patrick Æ. Hutchings
November 15, 2020

The thesis of this book, first published in 1972, is that Kant’s notions of ‘absolute worth’, the ‘unconditioned’ and ‘unconditioned worth’ are rationalistic and confused, and that they spoil his ontology of personal value and tend to subvert his splendid idea of the person as an End in himself....

Language, Subjectivity, and Freedom in Rousseau's Moral Philosophy

Language, Subjectivity, and Freedom in Rousseau's Moral Philosophy

1st Edition

By Richard Noble
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1991, has two related goals. The first is to explicate Rousseau’s conception of subjectivity; the second is to trace the influence of that conception on his theory of freedom. It argues that Rousseau’s conception of subjectivity provides us with a basis for ...

Money, Obedience, and Affection Essays on Berkeley's Moral and Political Thought

Money, Obedience, and Affection: Essays on Berkeley's Moral and Political Thought

1st Edition

Edited By Stephen R.L. Clark
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1985, presents a key collection of essays on Berkeley’s moral and political philosophy. They form an introduction to, and analysis of, Berkeley’s immaterialist arguments, part of his consciously adopted strategy to subvert Enlightenment thought, which he saw as a ...

Rousseau The Child of Nature

Rousseau: The Child of Nature

1st Edition

By John Charpentier
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1931, provides a valuable account of Rousseau’s early years, giving an insight into his later philosophies, as well as showing the development of his thought....

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