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The problem of universals in early modern philosophy

Author: Stefano Di Bella; Tad M Schmaltz
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
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The ancient topic of universals was central to scholastic philosophy, which raised the question of whether universals exist as Platonic forms, as instantiated Aristotelian forms, as concepts abstracted from singular things, or as words that have universal signification. It might be thought that this question lost its importance after the decline of scholasticism in the modern period. However, the fourteen  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefano Di Bella; Tad M Schmaltz
ISBN: 9780190608040 0190608048
OCLC Number: 971892717
Description: x, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction to Universals in Modern Philosophy / Stefano Di Bella and Tad M. Schmaltz --
Gassendi on the Problem of Universals / Antonia LoLordo --
Hobbes, Universal Names, and Nominalism / Stewart Duncan --
Spinoza on Universals / Samuel Newlands --
Descartes on Universal Essences and Divine Knowledge / Lawrence Nolan --
Platonism and Conceptualism among the Cartesians / Tad M. Schmaltz --
Universals and Individuals in Malebranche's Philosophy / Mariangela Priarolo --
Universals in English Platonism: More, Cudworth, Norris / Brunello Lotti --
Some Perspectives on Leibniz's Nominalism and Its Sources / Stefano Di Bella --
Locke's Essay and Leibniz's Nouveaux Essais: Competing Theories of Universals / Martha Brandt Bolton --
Locke on General Ideas / E. J. Lowe --
Berkeley on Abstraction, Universals and Universal Knowledge / Tom Stoneham --
Hume on Abstraction and Identity / Donald L. M. Baxter --
Kant on Abstractionism about Concept Formation / Alberto Vanzo.
Responsibility: edited by Stefano Di Bella and Tad M. Schmaltz.


This is a collection of essays from an international group of scholars that explore the ways in which the ancient problem of universals was transformed in modern philosophy. Essays consider the  Read more...


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This text brings together a fine collection of essays providing many new insights into the disparate ways in which early modern thinkers grappled, intentionally or otherwise, with universals. * Read more...

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