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Descartes' Temporal Dualism

by Rebecca Lloyd Waller

Time plays many crucial roles in Descartes’ physics, metaphysics, and epistemology, but has been an understudied area of his philosophy. Rebecca Lloyd Waller argues for a new interpretation of Descartes’...


Metaphilosophy

by Nicholas Rescher

Nicholas Rescher unites two facets of metaphilosophy to show that the historical perspective and forward-thinking normative, or systematic, approach are, together, an integral component of philosophy itself....


Nietzsche, Tension, and the Tragic Disposition

by Matthew Tones

Nietzsche, Tension, and the Tragic Disposition exposes the role of tension in Nietzsche’s recovery, in his mature thought, of the Greek tragic disposition. Matthew Tones examines the ontological structure...


An Elegant and Learned Discourse of the Light of Nature

by Nathaniel Culverwell, Robert A. Greene & Hugh MacCallum

An Elegant and Learned Discourse of the Light of Nature is a concerted effort at intellectual mediation in the deep religious dispute of the English civil war in the seventeenth century. On one side was the...


The Law of Nations

by Emer de Vattel, Béla Kapossy & Richard Whatmore

The great eighteenth-century theorist of international law Emer de Vattel (1714?1767) was a key figure in sustaining the practical and theoretical influence of natural jurisprudence through the Revolutionary...


An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense

by Francis Hutcheson & Aaron Garrett

In An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense, Francis Hutcheson answers the criticism that had been leveled against his first book, Inquiry into...


Marcel Proust in the Light of William James

by Marilyn M. Sachs

For a century now, scholars have searched for the “source” of Marcel Proust’s startlingly innovative novel À la recherche du temps perdu. Some have pointed to Henri Bergson, Sigmund Freud, or Paul Sollier....


The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America

by Arnold R. Eiser

The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America is an analysis of medical care, medical education and medical professionalism with reference to the cultural touchstones of the postmodern era: consumerism, computerization,...


The Present State of Germany

by Samuel Pufendorf & Michael J. Seidler

Samuel Pufendorf?s The Present State of Germany was first published in 1667 (under the pseudonym Severinus de Monzambano) and immediately became one of the most notorious works in Europe for the next half century....


A Treatise of the Laws of Nature

by Richard Cumberland & Jon Parkin

A Treatise of the Laws of Nature, originally titled De Legibus Naturae, first appeared in 1672 as a theoretical response to a range of issues that came together during the late 1660s. It conveyed a conviction...


The Divine Feudal Law: Or, Covenants with Mankind, Represented

by Samuel Pufendorf & Simone Zurbuchen

The Divine Feudal Law sets forth Pufendorf?s basis for the reunion of the Lutheran and Calvinist confessions. This attempt to seek a ?conciliation? between the confessions complements the concept of toleration...


The Free Sea

by Hugo Grotius & David Armitage

Liberty Fund?s edition of The Free Sea is the only translation of Grotius?s masterpiece undertaken in his own lifetime, left in manuscript by the English historian, Richard Hakluyt (1552?1616). It also contains...


The Elements of Moral Philosophy, with A Brief Account of the Nature, Progress, and Origin of Philosophy

by David Fordyce & Thomas D. Kennedy

Though little known today, David Fordyce was an important figure in the Scottish Enlightenment and closely associated with liberal Dissenters in England. His Elements of Moral Philosophy was a notable contribution...


Crown under Law

by Alexander S. Rosenthal

Crown under Law is an account of how and why the constitutional idea arose in early modern England. The book focuses on two figures_Richard Hooker and John Locke. Rosenthal represents Hooker as a transitional...


Observations upon Liberal Education

by George Turnbull & Jr. Terrence O. Moore

Originally published in 1742, Observations upon Liberal Education is a significant contribution to the Scottish Enlightenment and the moral-sense school of Scottish philosophy.

In Observations, Turnbull applies...


Of the Nature and Qualification of Religion in Reference to Civil Society

by Samuel Pufendorf & Simone Zurbuchen

Samuel Pufendorf?s Of the Nature and Qualification of Religion (published in Latin in 1687) is a major work on the separation of politics and religion. Written in response to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes...


Exploring Personhood

by Joseph Torchia,

Exploring Personhood examines the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The history of western philosophy provides the framework for broaching critical questions pertinent...


Sketches of the History of Man

by Lord Kames (Henry Home) & James A. Harris

Divided into three books, Kames?s Sketches of the History of Man draws together the concerns of many of his earlier works. The first book considers man in the private sphere, while the second explores man in...


The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks

by John Millar & Aaron Garrett

The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks is one of the major products of the Scottish Enlightenment and a masterpiece of jurisprudence and social theory. Drawing on Adam Smith?s four-stages theory of history and...


Two Books of the Elements of Universal Jurisprudence

by Samuel Pufendorf & Thomas Behme

Two Books of the Elements of Universal Jurisprudence was Pufendorf?s first work, published in 1660. Its appearance effectively inaugurated the modern natural-law movement in the German-speaking world, establishing...