Download PDF by Alan Nelson: A Companion to Rationalism

By Alan Nelson

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ISBN-13: 9781405109093

The rationalist impulse has guided western philosophical concept from its beginnings in old Greece to the current day. during this spouse, a solid of verified and emerging stars in philosophy lays out the historic roots, the distinguished expressions, the controversies, and the modern determinations of rationalist idea.

The quantity opens with essays analyzing the character of the rationalist impulse to philosophize, and the excellence among rationalism and empiricism. the point of interest of the rest of the quantity is at the "golden age" of rationalism within the 17th and early eighteenth centuries. although, this can be set within the context of its old improvement and the looks of rationalist issues in fresh inspiration. the cloth is prepared chronologically, and diverse philosophical tools and viewpoints are represented all through.

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Or, if it is objected that Spinoza’s view of a single substance entails that it is the subject of contrary modes such as the round and square shapes variously perceived in the world, the same is true of a substantial mind when it perceives such shapes. Hume’s motivation might have been to deflect noisome criticism from his own position, rather than, as in the case of Locke and Berkeley, to protect the precinct of religion, but the logic of his position is very similar to theirs. Moreover, the interpretation Hume offers of Spinoza might not be very wide of the mark; for the rationalist pedigree of his premises is impeccable.

1993). Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz: The Concept of Substance in SeventeenthCentury Metaphysics. London: Routledge. 30 ACTC02 30 14/9/05, 12:03 PM A Companion to Rationalism Edited by Alan Nelson Copyright © 2005 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd sense perception and mind–body relation 3 Rationalist Theories of Sense Perception and Mind–Body Relation GARY HATFIELD The theory of perception is a microcosm of the metaphysics, the theories of mind and cognition, and the methodologies of the rationalist philosophers of the seventeenth century.

Descartes on Substance Descartes appears to give “two very different definitions” of substance (Kemp Smith 1963: 313). In his Principles he first defines substance in terms of its independence of all else: “by substance we can understand nothing other than a thing which exists in such a way as to depend on no other thing for its existence” (Descartes 1985b: 210). He says that strictly speaking this definition applies only to God, for the existence of everything else depends on God’s concurrence.

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