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The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by Dan Kaufman


592 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is an outstanding survey of one of the most important eras in the history of Western philosophy - one which witnessed philosophical, scientific, religious and social change on a massive scale.

A team of twenty international contributors provide students and scholars of philosophy and related disciplines with a detailed and accessible guide to seventeenth century philosophy. The Companion is divided into seven parts:

  • Historical Context
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Mind and Language
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Natural Philosophy and the Material World
  • Philosophical Theology.

Major topics and themes are explored and discussed, including the scholastic context that shaped philosophy of the period, free will, skepticism, logic, mind-body problems, consciousness, arguments for the existence of God, and the problem of evil. As such The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is essential reading for all students of the period, both in philosophy and related disciplines such as literature, history, politics, and religious studies.


"It’s no small task for a book to capture all the most recent shifts in thinking about seventeenth-century philosophy. This work admirably rises to the challenge. With wide-ranging contributions from multiple experts in the field, the volume is inclusive, up-to-date, and deeply historically informed. It’s a marvellous achievement." - Jacqueline Broad, Monash University, Australia

"This is an outstanding guide to seventeenth-century philosophy. With accessible, intelligent and reliable treatments of an admirably comprehensive range of topics, the Companion orients the reader in the press of seventeenth-century philosophical debate very effectively. This superb volume is a gift to students and scholars alike." - Thomas Holden, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

"The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy exemplifies the breadth and sophistication of current historiographical scholarship on the period. Its thematic organization welcomes those who are less familiar with the philosophies of the time and reflects the eclectic complexity of the philosophical practices and concerns unique to the 17th century European context." - Rebecca Copenhaver, Lewis & Clark College, USA

"The Routledge Companioin to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is an excellent work that will prove a valuable resource for students and scholars alike." - Nicholas Jolley, University of California, Irvina, USA

Table of Contents

Foreword Steven Nadler

Part 1: Historical Context

1. The Scholastic Background David Clemenson

Part 2: Metaphysics

2. Substance Tad M. Schmaltz

3. Qualities Samuel C. Rickless

4. Causation Sukjae Lee

5. Freewill and Determinism C.P. Ragland

Part 3: Epistemology

6. Skepticism Gianni Paganini

7. The Theory of Ideas Lex Newman

8. Logic and Knowledge Alan Nelson

Part 4: Mind and Language

9. Mind-Body Problems David Cunning

10. Sense Perception Antonia LoLordo

11. Consciousness Steven Nadler

12. The Passions Deborah Brown

13. Philosophy of Language Walter Ott

Part 5: Natural Philosophy and the Material World

14. Natural Philosophy Andrew Janiak

15. The Theory of Matter Andrew Pyle

Part 6: Moral Philosophy and Political Philosophy

16. Moral Philosophy Michael LeBuffe

17. Political Philosophy Susanne Sreedhar

Part 7: Philosophical Theology

18. Arguments for the Existence of God Marcy P. Lascano

19.The Problem of Evil Samuel Newlands

20. The Rise of Religious Skepticism Michael W. Hickson and Thomas M. Lennon.

Index of Names

Index of Subjects

About the Editor

Dan Kaufman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published extensively on issues in seventeenth century philosophy, especially on modality, substance, individuation, and identity.

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy Companions

Routledge Philosophy Companions offer thorough, high quality surveys and assessments of the major topics and periods in philosophy. Covering key problems, themes and thinkers, all entries are specially commissioned for each volume and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible and carefully edited and organised, Routledge Philosophy Companions are indispensable for anyone coming to a major topic or period in philosophy, as well as for the more advanced reader.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern
PHILOSOPHY / Religious