The Battle of the Gods and Giants Redux

Papers Presented to Thomas M. Lennon

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Editor: Patricia Easton
The Battle of Gods and Giants Redux is a collection of 14 original essays by leading scholars in the field. Part One includes figures and topics associated with Descartes, the chief idealist in the story, including Leibniz, Spinoza, and Malebranche; Part Two includes figures and topics that fall on the Gassendist materialist side of the battle, including Hobbes, Bayle, and Locke. In organizing these varied discussions along these themes and lines, something more than the sum of the parts emerges. The reader will gain a breadth and depth of insight into the battle of ideas in early modern thought—historical, philosophical, and interpretive.

Contributors are: Margaret Atherton, Martha Brandt Bolten, Patricia Easton, Lorne Falkenstein, Nicolas Jolley, José Maia Neto, Steven Nadler, Alan Nelson, Lawrence Nolan, Donald Rutherford, Tad Schmultz, Kurt Smith, Julie Walsh, and Richard Watson.

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Biographical Note

Patricia Easton, Ph.D. (1993), Claremont Graduate University, is Professor of Philosophy. She is author and editor of numerous articles and full length studies in the history of modern philosophy, particularly the history of René Descartes and the Cartesians of the seventeenth century.

Kurt Smith, Ph.D. is a Professor of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has published several books, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries focused on the early modern period.

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

INTRODUCTION: Explanatory narratives in the history of philosophy
PATRICIA EASTON

FOREWORD: Pascal, Piety, and Les Roannez
RICHARD WATSON

PART ONE: THE GODS

What is Ancient in French Cartesianism?
TAD SCHMALTZ

Leibniz, Plato, and “The Dignity of Our Mind”
NICHOLAS JOLLEY

Lennon on Descartes and Skepticism
JOSE MAIA NETO

Clarity and Distinctness as Cartesian Criteria: A Response to Lennon
KURT SMITH

Descartes’ Logic and the Paradox of Deduction
ALAN NELSON & BRIAN ROGERS

Cartesian Trialism on Trial: The Conceptualist Account of Descartes’
Human Being
LAWRENCE NOLAN

Spinoza, Maimonides, and Prophecy
STEVEN NADLER

Malebranche, Freedom, and the Divided Mind
JULIE WALSH


PART TWO: THE GIANTS

Hobbes on Moral Virtue and the Laws of Nature
DONALD RUTHERFORD

Sincerity and Skepticism in Pierre Bayle
PATRICIA EASTON

Locke and Berkeley on Real Knowledge
MARGARET ATHERTON

Berkeley’s Visual Language Thesis
MARTHA BOLTON

Berkeley on Situation and Inversion
LORNE FALKENSTEIN


WORKS CITED

LENNON BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Readership

Primarily scholars, philosophy professors and students studying early modern philosophy, and secondarily philosophy students and scholars working on contemporary themes in perception, language, and metaphysics.