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Readings In Modern Philosophy, Vol. 1

Readings In Modern Philosophy, Vol. 1

Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz and Associated Texts

Edited by Roger Ariew and Eric Watkins

2000 - 322 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth 978-0-87220-535-2
Paper 978-0-87220-534-5
Examination 978-0-87220-534-5

This anthology offers the key works of Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz in their entirety or in substantial selections, along with a rich selection of associated texts by other leading thinkers of the period.





General Introduction

Descartes’s Meditations and Associated Texts
  Bacon, New Organon I, Aphorisms 1-3, 11-31, 36-46
  Galileo, The Assayer, “Corpuscularianism”
  Descartes, Discourse on Method 1, 2, and 5
  Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
  Descartes, Hobbes, and Arnauld, Objections and Replies II, III, IV
  Descartes, Principles of Philosophy I, II, 1-25, III, 1-3, and IV, 188-89, 196-207
  Spinoza, Descartes’s Principles of Philosophy “Prolegomenon” and “Definitions”
  Leibniz on Descartes, From the Letters to Foucher, to Elisabeth, and to Molanus
  Pascal, Pensées, “The Wager.”

Spinoza’s Ethics and Associated Texts
  Hobbes, Leviathan, Introduction, 1-6, 34, and 46
  Spinoza, From the Letters to Oldenburg and to Meyer (Letters 2, 12, and 32)
  Spinoza, The Ethics, Parts I, II, and V.

Leibniz’s Monadology and Associated Texts
  Malebranche, Search after Truth, III.2.1-4, 6-7, VI.2.3, Elucid. 15
  Leibniz, Discourse on Metaphysics; From the Letters to Arnauld
  Leibniz, Primary Truths
  Leibniz, New System of Nature
  Leibniz, Monadology
  Newton, Natural Philosophy, Principia, “Scholium to Definitions” & “General Scholium,” & Optics, Query 31
  Leibniz, From the Letters to Clarke (Letters 1-4)



Roger Ariew is Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida.

Eric Watkins is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego.