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.
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)
About the Authors:
Roger Ariew is Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida.
Eric Watkins is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego.