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ISBN: 9780199549993

Published: 10 Jan 13

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The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century

Peter R. Anstey

The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century comprises twenty-six new essays by leading experts in the field. This unique scholarly resource provides advanced students and scholars with a comprehensive overview of the current issues that are informing research on the subject, while at the same time offering new lines of research. The volume is ambitious in scope and far reaching in impact. It covers the whole of the seventeenth century, ranging from Francis Bacon, who flourished early in the century, to John Locke and Isaac Newton, who rose to prominence as the century drew to a close. In addition to dealing with canonical authors and celebrated texts, such as Thomas Hobbes and his Leviathan, the Handbook discusses many lesser known figures and debates from the period, whose importance is only now being appreciated.

The state-of-the-art book on the subject

Specially written essays by an international team of experts

Up-to-date surveys and cutting-edge research

Discusses less well-known figures and debates, alongside celebrated authors and canonical texts

Part I: The discipline of philosophy in seventeenth-century Britain
1: Richard Serjeantson: Becoming a philosopher in seventeenth-century Britain
Part II: Natural Philosophers and the Philosophy of nature
2: Guido Giglioni: Francis Bacon
3: J. J. MacIntosh: Robert Boyle
4: Andrew Janiak: Isaac Newton
5: John Henry: The reception of Cartesianism
6: Mary Domski: Observation and mathematics
7: Steffen Ducheyne: The status of theory and hypotheses
8: Michael Edwards: Substance and essence
9: Dana Jalobeanu: The nature of body
10: Peter R. Anstey: The theory of material qualities
11: Justin E. H. Smith: Theories of generation and form
12: John Sutton: Soul and body
Part III: Knowledge and Human Understanding
13: Peter R. Anstey: John Locke on the understanding
14: Keith Allen: Ideas
15: James Franklin: Probable opinion
16: Douglas M. Jesseph: Logic and demonstrative knowledge
Part IV: Moral philosophy
17: Samuel Rickless: Will and motivation
18: Erin Frykholm and Donald Rutherford: Hedonism and virtue
19: Amy Schmitter: Passions and affections
20: Thomas Mautner: Natural law and natural rights
Part V: Political philosophy
21: Sarah Hutton: Women, freedom, and equality
22: Catherine Wilson: Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan
23: A. John Simmons: John Locke's Two Treatises of Government
24: Kiyoshi Shimokawa: The origin and development of property
25: Conal Condren: Sovereignty
26: Jon Parkin: Toleration

Edited by Peter R. Anstey , University of Sydney

Peter R. Anstey is the iARC Future Fellow and Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He trained at the University of Sydney and specialises in the thought of Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, and John Locke. He is the author or The Philosophy of Robert Boyle (2000), John Locke and Natural Philosophy (2011) and is currently editing (with Lawrence M. Principe) John Locke: Writings on Natural Philosophy and Medicine for the Clarendon edition of Locke's Works.