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The battle of the gods and giants : the legacies of Descartes and Gassendi, 1655-1715

Author: Thomas M Lennon
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1993.
Series: Studies in intellectual history and the history of philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By the mid-1600s, the commonsense, manifest picture of the world associated with Aristotle had been undermined by skeptical arguments on the one hand and by the rise of the New Science on the other. What would be the scientific image to succeed the Aristotelian model? Thomas Lennon argues here that the contest between the supporters of Descartes and the supporters of Gassendi to decide this issue was the most  Read more...
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Named Person: Pierre Gassendi; René Descartes; John Locke; René Descartes; Pierre Gassendi; John Locke; Pierre Gassendi; René Descartes; John Locke
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas M Lennon
ISBN: 0691074003 9780691074009
OCLC Number: 26363682
Description: xi, 420 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. The Philosophical Terrain --
1. The Gassendist Failure --
2. The Gassendist Success --
3. The Interminable Battle --
4. Other Wars --
II. The Giants of the Seventeenth Century --
5. Dramatis Personae --
6. Mind versus Flesh --
7. Gassendist Theories of Space: Apotheosis and Annihilation --
8. Physical and Metaphysical Atomism --
III. Locke: Gassendist Anti-Cartesian --
9. Locke and Gassendi --
10. Locke and Descartes --
11. Enthusiasm --
IV. The Gods of the Seventeenth Century --
12. Descartes's Idealism --
13. Malebranche's Realism --
14. Malebranche's Idealism --
V. Ideas and Representation --
15. Two Patterns of Ideas --
16. Arguments for Representationalism --
17. Two Versions of the Causal Argument --
VI. The Untouchable and the Uncuttable --
18. Space and Solidity --
19. Simple and Complex Ideas --
20. Primary and Secondary Qualities --
21. Powers --
22. Matter and Creation --
23. The Bestial Soul --
VII. Innateness, Abstraction, and Essences --
24. Innateness --
25. Essences and Abstraction --
26. The Polemic with Stillingfleet --
VIII. Philosophy and the Historiography of Philosophy --
27. Dissimulation and Meaning --
28. What Locke Said --
29. Two Camps of Historians --
30. History and Interpretation.
Series Title: Studies in intellectual history and the history of philosophy.
Responsibility: Thomas M. Lennon.
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This monograph suggests that the most important philosophical debate of the latter half of the 17th century was the contest between the supporters of Descartes and Gassendi to decide which scientific  Read more...

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Lennon is arguing for a major reinterpretation of early modern philosophy.... The book is clearly written and well-argued.--Review of Metaphysics

 
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