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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
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
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.