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The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford Handbooks)

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Philosophy in eighteenth-century Britain was diverse, vibrant, and sophisticated. This was the age of Hume and Berkeley and Reid, of Hutcheson and Kames and Smith, of Ferguson and Burke and Wollstonecraft. Important and influential works were published in every area of philosophy, from the theory of vision to theories of political resistance, from the philosophy of language to accounts of ways of governing the passions. The philosophers of eighteenth-century Britain were enormously influential, in France, in Italy, in Germany, and in America. Their ideas and arguments remain a powerful presence in philosophy three centuries later.

This Oxford Handbook is the first book ever to provide comprehensive coverage of the full range of philosophical writing in Britain in the eighteenth century. It provides accounts of the writings of all the major figures, but also puts those figures in the context provided by a host of writers less well known today. The book has five principal sections: 'Logic and Metaphysics', 'The Passions', 'Morals', 'Criticism', and 'Politics'. Each section comprises four chapters, providing detailed coverage of all of the important aspects of its subject matter. There is also an introductory section, with chapters on the general character of philosophizing in eighteenth-century Britain, and a concluding section on the important question of the relation at this time between philosophy and religion.

The authors of the chapters are experts in their fields. They include philosophers, historians, political theorists, and literary critics, and they teach in colleges and universities in Britain, in Europe, and in North America.

About the Author

James A. Harris is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy (OUP, 2005), and of articles on Hume, Hutcheson, Reid, Beattie, Priestley, and a number of themes in eighteenth-century British thought. He has edited texts by Reid, Beattie, Kames, and Abraham Tucker. He is writing an intellectual biography of Hume for Cambridge University Press, and also the eighteenth-century British philosophy volume of the new Oxford History of Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction, James A. Harris

PART 1: THE LANGUAGES OF PHILOSOPHY IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN

1. Locke and his legacy, TIMOTHY STANTON

2. Newton and Newtonianism in eighteenth-century British thought, ERIC SCHLIESSER

3. The idea of a science of human nature, JACQUELINE TAYLOR

4. Rhetoric and eloquence: the language of persuasion, PADDY BULLARD

PART 2: LOGIC AND METAPHYSICS

5. Perception and the Language of Nature, REBECCA COPENHAVER

6. Language and thought, LAURENT JAFFRO

7. The understanding, JOHN P. WRIGHT

8. Mind and matter, AARON GARRETT

PART 3: THE PASSIONS

9. Passions, affections, sentiments: taxonomy and terminology, AMY SCHMITTER

10. Reason and the passions, TERENCE CUNEO

11. Liberty and necessity, SEAN GREENBERG

12. The government of the passions, JAMES A. HARRIS

PART 4: MORALS

13. Self-interest and sociability, CHRISTIAN MAURER

14. Moral judgment, P. J. E. KAIL

15. The nature of virtue, Dario Perinetti

16. Practical ethics, COLIN HEYDT

PART 5: CRITICISM

17. The pleasures of the imagination and the objects of taste, PAUL GUYER

18. The faculty of taste, TIMOTHY M. COSTELLOE

19. The pleasures of tragedy, EVA DADLEZ

20. Genius and the creative imagination, PETER KIVY

PART 6: POLITICS

21. The origin of civil government, DARIO CASTIGLIONE

22. Forms of government, CRAIG SMITH

23. Reform and revolution, NEIL McARTHUR

24. Luxury, commerce, and the rise of political economy, RICHARD WHATMORE

PART 7: PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

25. Causation, cosmology, and the limits of philosophy: the early eighteenth-century British debate, PAUL RUSSELL

26. Philosophy, revealed religion, and 'The Enlightenment', ALEXANDER BROADIE

27. Religion and morality, THOMAS AHNERT

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199549023
Author:
Harris, James A. (edt)
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Harris, James A.
Author:
James A. Har
Author:
Ris
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy | History | 18th C
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
7.1 x 9.8 x 1.9 in 2.8 lb

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