Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671

Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671

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Robert Pasnau traces the developments of metaphysical thinking through four rich but for the most part neglected centuries of philosophy, running from the thirteenth century through to the seventeenth. At no period in the history of philosophy, other than perhaps our own, have metaphysical problems received the sort of sustained attention they received during the later Middle Ages, and never has a whole philosophical tradition come crashing down as quickly and
completely as did scholastic philosophy in the seventeenth century. The thirty chapters work through various fundamental metaphysical issues, sometimes focusing more on scholastic thought, sometimes on the seventeenth century. Pasnau begins with the first challenges to the classical scholasticism of
Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, runs through prominent figures like John Duns Scotus and William Ockham, and ends in the seventeenth century, with the end of the first stage of developments in post-scholastic philosophy: on the continent, with Descartes and Gassendi, and in England, with Boyle and Locke.
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  • Paperback | 810 pages
  • 170 x 246 x 44mm | 1,288g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0199674485
  • 9780199674480
  • 548,421

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Readers with a keen interest in metaphysics and a doughty historical stamina will find Pasnau's book rewarding. * Anthony Kenny, Times Literary Supplement * Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 is truly a magnificent achievement ...It contains historical scholarship and philosophical argumentation in a very well balanced mix in order to present the reader with a true sense of the historical position held as well as a subtle philosophical assessment of the correctness of these views. It is history of philosophy at its very best ...Pasnau's work is invaluable to anyone dealing with the history of this time period as well
as anyone interested in the metaphysics of substance. * Henrik Lagerlund, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * an absolute must for all those interested either in medieval or in early modern philosophy, as well as a highly instructive and inspiring reading for contemporary students of metaphysics. * Claude Panaccio, Mind *
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About Robert Pasnau

Robert Pasnau is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of many books and articles on the history of philosophy, including Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature (Cambridge, 2002), which won the American Philosophical Association Book Prize.
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