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Learning from six philosophers descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz Locke, Berkeley, Hume. Vol. 2 - Jonathan Bennett

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Title
Learning from six philosophers descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz Locke, Berkeley, Hume. Vol. 2
Author
Jonathan Bennett
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Clarendon Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20031002

Jonathan Bennett engages with the thought of six great thinkers of the early modern period: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume. While not neglecting the historical setting of each, his chief focus is on the words they wrote. What problem is being tackled? How exactly is the solution meant to work? Does it succeed? If not, why not? What can we learn from its success or its failure? These questions reflect Bennett's dedication to engaging withphilosophy as philosophy, not as museum exhibit, and they require a close and demanding attention to textual details; these being two features that characterize all Bennett's work on early modern philosophy. For newcomers to the early modern scene, this clearly written work is an excellent introduction to it. Those already in the know can learn how to argue with the great philosophers of the past, treating them as colleagues, antagonists, students, teachers.Volume 2: In this volume Jonathan Bennett examines the views of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume on thought and sensation, meaning, language, classification, innate ideas and knowledge, our knowledge of necessary truths (bringing in Descartes and Leibniz as well), the basis for our belief that we live in a world of material things, causation, the fundamental difference between colours and shapes, the passage of time and our ability to live through it. While finding much to criticize, Bennett showsthat we can learn much about these and other topics under the guidance and inspiration of the energy, courage, and insight of these three great British philosophers.

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Jonathan Bennett, who now lives on an island near Vancouver, BC, was formerly Lecturer in Moral Science at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and then at Syracuse University. He has held visiting positions at Cornell, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Princeton, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy.

The Clarendon Press has issued in paperback format Jonathan Bennett's two-volume survey of philosophers who helped to shape Western thought and continue to do so today ... Whilst never ignoring the philosopher's individual backgrounds [Bennett] concentrates on what they actually wrote and how they argued.
The two volumes remain a masterful survey.

Contemporary Review

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Philosophy, Modern - 17th century.|Philosophy, Modern - 18th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
394

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