Routledge Studies in Seventeenth Century Philosophy publishes significant contributions to the study of this key period in philosophy. It covers studies of single authors as well as principal philosophical areas. More generally it reflects the work of a generation of historians of philosophy who combine historical sensitivity with philosophical vigour.
The Cartesian Semantics of the Port Royal Logic
Leibniz’s Legacy and Impact
Locke’s Ideas of Mind and Body
Locke's Science of Knowledge
Locke and Leibniz on Substance
By Delphine Bellis, Daniel Garber, Carla Rita Palmerino
April 21, 2023
Pierre Gassendi (1592–1655) was a major figure in seventeenth-century philosophy and science and his works contributed to shaping Western intellectual identity. Among “new philosophers,” he was considered Descartes’s main rival, and he belonged to the first rank of those attempting to carve out an ...
By Mark Boespflug
October 26, 2022
This book provides a systematic treatment of Locke’s theory of probable assent, and shows how the theory applies to Locke’s philosophy of science, moral epistemology, and religious epistemology. There is a powerful case to be made that the most important dimension of Locke’s philosophy is his ...
By John N. Martin
November 21, 2019
This book sets out for the first time in English and in the terms of modern logic the semantics of the Port Royal Logic (La Logique ou l’Art de penser, 1662-1685) of Antoine Arnauld and Pierre Nicole, perhaps the most influential logic book in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its goal is to explain how...
By Noa Naaman-Zauderer
October 21, 2019
The present volume posits the themes of freedom, action, and motivation as the central principles that drive Spinoza’s Ethics from its first part to its last. It assembles essays by internationally leading scholars who provide different, sometimes opposing interpretations of these fundamental ...
By Julia Weckend, Lloyd Strickland
September 05, 2019
This volume tells the story of the legacy and impact of the great German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Leibniz made significant contributions to many areas, including philosophy, mathematics, political and social theory, theology, and various sciences. The essays in this volume ...
By Dominik Perler, Sebastian Bender
July 30, 2019
This book re-examines the roles of causation and cognition in early modern philosophy. The standard historical narrative suggests that early modern thinkers abandoned Aristotelian models of formal causation in favor of doctrines that appealed to relations of efficient causation between material ...
By Han-Kyul Kim
July 02, 2019
This book begins with a survey of various readings of Locke as a materialist, as a substance dualist, and as a property dualist, and demonstrates that these inconsistent interpretations result from a general failure of modern commentators to notice the significance of Locke’s ‘mind-body nominalism’...
By Martina Reuter, Frans Svensson
March 14, 2019
The turn of the millennium has been marked by new developments in the study of early modern philosophy. In particular, the philosophy of René Descartes has been reinterpreted in a number of important and exciting ways, specifically concerning his work on the mind-body union, the connection between ...
By Alberto Vanzo, Peter R. Anstey
March 14, 2019
Experimental philosophy was an exciting and extraordinarily successful development in the study of nature in the seventeenth century. Yet experimental philosophy was not without its critics and was far from the only natural philosophical method on the scene. In particular, experimental philosophy ...
By Matt Priselac
March 05, 2019
John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding begins with a clear statement of an epistemological goal: to explain the limits of human knowledge, opinion, and ignorance. The actual text of the Essay, in stark contrast, takes a long and seemingly meandering path before returning to that goal ...
By Delphine Antoine-Mahut, Sophie Roux
September 17, 2018
This volume explores the relationship between physics and metaphysics in Descartes’ philosophy. According to the standard account, Descartes modified the objects of metaphysics and physics and inverted the order in which these two disciplines were traditionally studied. This book challenges the ...
By Paul Lodge, Tom Stoneham
November 28, 2017
Locke and Leibniz on Substance gathers together papers by an international group of academic experts, examining the metaphysical concept of substance in the writings of these two towering philosophers of the early modern period. Each of these newly-commissioned essays considers important ...