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Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Vere Chappell Paperback – February 19, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1551116624 ISBN-10: 1551116626 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551116626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551116624
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Original, incisive, probing essays on central topics in the history of modern philosophy by leaders in the field in honor of one of the masters in the discipline." (R.C. Sleigh, Jr.)

"This volume of eighteen well-crafted analytical essays on Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant is authored and edited by some of the best known historians of philosophy today. Ranging over issues in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, moral philosophy, and the philosophy of science, it is a fitting tribute to a notable scholar." (Catherine Wilson)

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Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy is a collection of essays dedicated to Vere Chappell, one of the most respected scholars in the field of early modern philosophy. Seventeen distinguished scholars have contributed essays to this collection on topics including dualism, identity and essence, causation, theodicy, free will, perception, abstraction, and the moral law.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ArchieEpps on June 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
In this book Hoffman, Owen and Yaffe ostensibly celebrate Vere Chappell's contributions to early modern philosophy with a compilation of pertinent papers. I suppose we should all be honored and impressed that legal dilettante Dr. Yaffe has deigned to take time out from his busy schedule of academically servicing Thomas Reid to return to his Lockeian roots and honor the true doyen of the field (And by the way, just how is Yaffe qualified to teach law? He received his J. D. from...oh wait, he doesn't have a law degree. Nice hire, Gould. Way to aim high.). Notwithstanding his kissass review of Yaffe's masturbatory opus Liberty Worth the Name, Chappell warrants discussion as one of our finest contemporary scholars of Locke and Hume. Unfortunately, Yaffe's heavyhanded editing of this volume overshadows any pretension of honoring the man. For the book is all Yaffe, Yaffe, Yaffe. Do we really need Yaffe's footnote mocking the arguments of an author with reference to Fly Guy's speech in "I'm Gonna Git you Sucka" ('My bitches better have my money...')? Is it necessary for Yaffe to recount in the foreword his struggles with addiction to the internet version of the card game Uno? And yes, we get it---golly, Vere Chappell is a white Dave Chappelle once you get a couple drinks in him! As a reader interested in Locke, let me be clear: PROFESSOR YAFFE, I DON'T CARE. Yaffe's charming demeanor and Cryeresque good looks may make him a campus celebrity with the kids at USC. But I prefer my early modern philosophy presented old school, steaming hot with a side of french fried potatoes. And for my money those potatoes better be seasoned with a dose of Chappellian tastiness. I'd love a book that tells us about Vere Chappell, the man, through collected works, but this ain't it. I am not going to spend $59.95 at to read Gideon Yaffe's latest overargued whims as philosophy's Next Big Thing. I can get those on TMZ.
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