Empiricists by R. S. Woolhouse
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Empiricists
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Empiricists by R. S. Woolhouse

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'One of the great historic controversies in philosophy' was how Bertrand Russell described the ideological conflict between rationalists and empiricists - the conflict between reason and experience as sources of knowledge and ideas. Yet in this study of the empiricists R.S. Woolhouse is not so much concerned to justify these conventional labels as to set forth the dominant philosophical ideas and let those ideas speak for themselves. Setting the empiricist philosophers in their contemporary cultural context, the author examines their various approaches to philosophy. He concentrates primarily on the major figures - Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley and Hume - but also discusses the unjustly neglected French philosopher Pierre Gassendi and devotes a chapter to the Royal Society of London for the Improving of Natural Knowledge, which was founded in the 1660s. While focusing on their contribution to the new philosophy of the seventeenth century, which was primarily concerned with the nature of knowledge and science, he also highlights the moral and political aspects of their work and emphasises the significance of their ideas to twentieth-century thinking.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192891884
ISBN-10: 019289188X
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Feb-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Offers a collection of key texts in a crucial debate in modern philosophy, centred on Leibniz's famous 1695 essay, the 'New System of the Nature of Substances and their Communication', in which he introduced his strikingly original theory of metaphysics. The texts are translated and extensively annotated; many appear in English for the first time.

Philosophical Texts by R. S. Woolhouse Philosophical Texts, Paperback (January 1998)

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Leibniz's 'New System' and Associated Contemporary Texts by R. S. Woolhouse Leibniz's 'New System' and Associated Contemporary Texts, Hardback (February 1997)

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Author Biography - R. S. Woolhouse

R. S. Woolhouse is Reader in Philosophy at the University of York.

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