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Pierre Gassendi and the Birth of Early Modern Philosophy

By Antonia LoLordo

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Format: Paperback / softback, 296 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 November 2009
This book offers a comprehensive treatment of the philosophical system of the seventeenth-century philosopher Pierre Gassendi. Gassendi's importance is widely recognized and is essential for understanding early modern philosophers and scientists such as Locke, Leibniz and Newton. Offering a systematic overview of his contributions, LoLordo situates Gassendi's views within the context of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century natural philosophy as represented by a variety of intellectual traditions, including scholastic Aristotelianism, Renaissance Neo-Platonism, and the emerging mechanical philosophy. LoLordo's work will be essential reading for historians of early modern philosophy and science.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Gassendi's life and times; 2. Gassendi's philosophical opponents; 3. Skepticism, perception and the truth of the appearances; 4. Cognition, knowledge and the theory of signs; 5. Space and time; 6. Atoms and causes; 7. Bodies and motion; 8. Generation, life and the corporeal soul; 9. The metaphysics of body; 10. Faith, reason and the immaterial soul.

About the Author

Antonia LoLordo is Assistant Professor in the Corcoran Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia.


Review of the hardback: 'This is a sympathetic and engaging account of a thinker who, like many philosophical midwives of the modern age, still has much to teach us.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

EAN: 9780521122689
ISBN: 0521122686
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions: 15.19 x 22.89 x 1.68 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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