The Rationalists: Between Tradition and Innovation (The New Synthese Historical Library, Volume 65)

The Rationalists: Between Tradition and Innovation (The New Synthese Historical Library, Volume 65)


This quantity attracts a balanced photo of the Rationalists through bringing their highbrow contexts, resources and whole diversity of pursuits into sharper concentration, with out neglecting their middle dedication to the epistemological doctrine that earned them their conventional label. the gathering of unique essays addresses subject matters starting from theodicy and early smooth tune thought to Spinoza’s anti-humanism, usually seriously revising very important points of the bought photograph of the Rationalists. one other vital contribution of the amount is that it brings out features of Rationalist philosophers and their legacies that aren't in most cases linked to them, similar to the venture of a Cartesian ethics. ultimately, a robust emphasis is put on the relationship of the Rationalists’ philosophy to their pursuits in empirical technological know-how, to their engagement within the political lifetime of their period, and to the spiritual history of lots of their philosophical commitments.

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