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Infinity in early modern philosophy

Author: Ohad Nachtomy; Reed Winegar
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018] ©2018
Series: New synthese historical library, v. 76.
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This volume contains essays that examine infinity in early modern philosophy. The essays not only consider the ways that key figures viewed the concept. They also detail how these different beliefs about infinity influenced major philosophical systems throughout the era. These domains include mathematics, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, science, and theology.Coverage begins with an introduction that outlines the  Read more...
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Infinity in early modern philosophy.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
(DLC) 2018950456
(OCoLC)1037807058
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ohad Nachtomy; Reed Winegar
ISBN: 9783319945569 3319945564
OCLC Number: 1050448465
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Contents: Intro; Acknowledgments; Contents; Contributors; Chapter 1: Introduction: Infinity in Early Modern Philosophy; References; Chapter 2: Descartes's ens summe perfectum et infinitum and its Scholastic Background; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The Scholastic Debate on the Ratio Formalis of God's Infinity; 2.3 Descartes's Ens Summe Perfectum et Infinitum; 2.4 Is There a Historical Relationship Between Descartes and the Debate on the Ratio Formalis of God's Infinity?; References; Chapter 3: The Ontic and the Iterative: Descartes on the Infinite and the Indefinite; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Three Distinctions 3.3 The Epistemological Distinction: Ignorance3.4 The Metaphysical Distinction: Respects; 3.5 The Metaphysical Distinction: Cardinality; 3.6 The Ontic Reading; References; Chapter 4: Descartes on the Infinity of Space vs. Time; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Letter to Chanut I: Space; 4.3 Digression: Imaginary Space; 4.4 Letter to Chanut II: Time; 4.5 Cartesian Duration and Time; 4.6 Creation from Eternity; 4.7 The Mereological Independence Doctrine; 4.8 Temporal Infinitists; 4.9 Descartes and Early Spinoza; 4.10 Conclusion; References Chapter 5: "A Substance Consisting of an Infinity of Attributes": Spinoza on the Infinity of Attributes5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Bennett on the Infinity of the Attributes; 5.3 The Textual Evidence; 5.4 Responses to Bennett's Arguments; 5.5 Conclusion; References; Chapter 6: Infinity in Spinoza's Therapy of the Passions; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 The Role of Necessity in Therapy; 6.3 The Role of Infinity in Necessity; 6.4 Perspectives on Infinity. The Twofold Distinction; 6.5 Species of Infinity. The Threefold Distinction; 6.6 Concluding Remarks; References Chapter 7: The Road to Finite Modes in Spinoza's Ethics7.1 Introduction; 7.2 The Correspondence with Tschirnhaus; 7.3 Descartes, Extension and the Impossibility of Particular Bodies; 7.4 Back to Spinoza; 7.5 Two Possible Objections; 7.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter 8: All the Forms of Matter: Leibniz, Regis and the World's Infinity; 8.1 Introduction; 8.2 First Pass: Leibniz's Critique of Descartes; 8.3 Second Pass: Regis's Two Replies; 8.4 Third Pass: Leibniz's Two-Part Rejoinder; 8.5 Fourth Pass: Regis on the Indeterminacy of the World 8.6 Fifth Pass (Conjectural): Leibniz on the Infinity of the World8.7 Conclusion: Why Did Leibniz Not Reply?; References; Chapter 9: Leibniz's Early Encounters with Descartes, Galileo, and Spinoza on Infinity; 9.1 Introduction: Leibniz and the Significance of His Encounters; 9.2 Leibniz's Encounter with Descartes; 9.3 Leibniz's Encounter with Galileo; 9.4 Leibniz's Encounter with Spinoza; 9.5 Leibniz Reads Spinoza's Letter on the Infinite; 9.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter 10: Leibniz's Syncategorematic Actual Infinite; 10.1 Introduction; 10.2 The Infinite and Infinitely Small as Fictions
Series Title: New synthese historical library, v. 76.
Responsibility: Ohad Nachtomy, Reed Winegar, editors.

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