A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy (Blackwell Companions by Steven Nadler

By Steven Nadler

A spouse to Early smooth Philosophy is a accomplished consultant to the main major philosophers and philosophical options of 17th- and eighteenth-century Europe.

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And now it is possible for me to achieve full and certain knowledge of countless matters, both concerning God himself and other things whose nature is intellectual. With knowledge of God in hand, he can now complete the task of examining more fully his own nature. ” Descartes was not explicit about his Platonist epistemology because there was no reason to be: his contemporaries were thoroughly familiar with that tradition, and could recognize this part of his philosophy for what it is. In his Philosophia Eclectica, for example, Sturm explains that the originality of Descartes’ thought should not be over-emphasized because much of what is interesting in the Meditations is taken from Plato and other ancient sources (p.

First, it is important to remember that for many ancient thinkers, ontological priority was to be explained mainly in terms of self-sufficiency. The basic idea is that what stands in need of nothing for being what it is is ontologically primary. For most prominent Platonists, there was a hierarchy of self-sufficiency and being such that each of the lower strata in the hierarchy was supposed to depend on and be caused by the higher. In Plato’s Republic the sensible things depend on the Ideas which themselves depend on the Good.

In his New Essays, written in 1703-5, Leibniz offers a summary of his philosophy and the methodology that produced it. He writes: This system appears to unite Plato with Democritus, Aristotle with Descartes, the Scholastics with the moderns, theology and morality with reason. Apparently it takes the best from all systems and then advances further than anyone has yet done.. I now see what Plato had in mind when he talked about matter as an imperfect and transitory being: what Aristotle meant by his “entelechy”: how far the sceptics were right in decrying the senses..

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