Debates in Modern Philosophy, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0203078233
  • ISBN-13: 9780203078235
  • DDC: 190
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 390 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Debates in Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses provides an in-depth, engaging introduction to important issues in modern philosophy. It presents 13 key interpretive debates to students, and ranges in coverage from Descartes' Meditations to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Each of the thirteen debates consists of a well known article or book chapter from a living philosopher, followed by a new response from a different scholar, specially commissioned for this volume. Every debate is prefaced by an introduction written for those coming upon the debates for the first time and followed by an annotated list for further reading. The volume starts with an introduction that explains the importance and relevance of the modern period and its key debates to philosophy and ends with a glossary that covers terms from both the modern period and the study of the history of philosophy in general. Debates in Modern Philosophy will help students evaluate different interpretations of key texts from modern philosophy, and provide a model for constructing their own positions in these debates.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
The Cartesian Circle.
1: Editors' Introduction.
2: Descartes on the Consistency of Reason.
3: Frankfurt and the Cartesian Circle.
Descartes on Mind-Body Interaction.
4: Editors' Introduction.
5: Understanding Interaction: What Descartes Should have Told Elisabeth.
6: Understanding Interaction Revisited.
Making Sense of Spinoza's Ethics.
7: Editors' Introduction.
8: Excerpts from Spinoza.
9: The Sirens of Elea: Rationalism, Monism and Idealism in Spinoza.
The Appeal of Occasionalism.
10: Editors' Introduction.
11: Causation, Intentionality, and the Case for Occasionalism.
12: Malebranche on Necessary Connections, Omniscience, and Omnipotence.
Did Leibniz Believe in Corporeal Substances?.
13: Editors' Introduction.
14: Why Corporeal Substances Keep Popping up in Leibniz's Later Philosophy.
15: Idealism and Corporeal Substance in Leibniz's Metaphysics.
The Role of Mechanism in Locke's Essay.
16: Editors' Introduction.
17: Lockean Mechanism.
18: Mechanism and Essentialism in Locke's Thought.
Locke on Personal Identity.
19: Editors' Introduction.
20: Locke on People and Substances.
21: Revisiting People and Substances.
Idealism Without God.
22: Editors' Introduction.
23: Berkeley without God.
24: Response to Atherton: No Atheism without Skepticism.
Hume on Causation.
25: Editors' Introduction.
26: David Hume: Objects and Power.
27: Reply to Strawson: ‘David Hume: Objects and Power’.
Hume on Miracles.
28: Editors' Introduction.
29: Bayes, Hume, Price, and Miracles.
30: Earman on Hume on Miracles.
Defending the Synthetic A Priori.
31: Editors' Introduction.
32: Necessity, Analyticity, and the A Priori.
33: Pure Intuition and Kant's Synthetic A Priori.
What Is Transcendental Idealism?.
34: Editors' Introduction.
35: Excerpts from Kantian Humility.
36: Langton, Kant, and Things in Themselves.
Why Read the History of Philosophy?.
37: Editors' Introduction.
38: Does History have a Future? Some Reflections on Bennett and Doing Philosophy Historically.
39: Philosophy and Its History.