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Late Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary (Blackwell Readings in the History of Philosophy) Hardcover

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  • Series: Blackwell Readings in the History of Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405146885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405146883
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,915,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is an excellent anthology with selections that are shrewdly chosen and insightfully introduced, including several in ethics that are unusual but quite important, such as Adam Smith, Richard Price, and Mary Wollstonecraft.”
Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan

“A rich and wisely chosen collection of key eighteenth-century texts, distinctive in covering not only epistemology and metaphysics, but moral and political philosophy.” Kenneth P. Winkler, Wellesley College

Book Description

Late Modern Philosophy introduces the leading ideas of the late modern era, with selections from the writings of its most recognized thinkers, including John Locke, David Hume, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This period in history represents a turbulent time in Western thought. As revealed in the carefully selected readings of this collection, the principal figures of late modern philosophy clashed over methodological issues and adopted radically different perspectives in metaphysics and theory of knowledge. But just as importantly, they vigorously debated proofs of God's existence, the justification of political authority, and the foundations of morality. Part of the Blackwell Readings in the History of Philosophy series, this text, with engaging introductory material for students, is an invaluable survey of late modern philosophy.

More About the Author

Fritz Allhoff, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and a Senior Research Fellow at The Australian National University's Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. He has been a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, a Visiting Academic in the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association.

Most of his writing and teaching is in ethical theory, applied ethics, and the history and philosophy of biology and science. Recently he has been doing a lot of work in ethical issues of emerging technologies as well as in the ethics of terrorism and torture. For the technology part, see *What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does It Matter: From Science to Ethics* (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). His next book, *Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture* (University of Chicago Press) should be out sometime next year.

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It is what I paid for, bought it for a class, and found it to be somewhat interesting. The teacher makes the material much wasier to understand, but the book is fine
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alscribji on April 6, 2009
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I was looking forward to lengthy commentaries on "essentail readings in late modern philosophy." This is a good compilation of philosophical texts from the late modern era, e.g., Part I-Empiricism: John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume; Part 2-Critics of Empiricism: G. W. Leibniz, Samuel Clarke, Thomas Reid; Part 3-Kant's Critique of Rationalism and Empiricism; Part 4-Args. for the Existence of God: Samuel Clarke, William Paley, David Hume, Immanuel Kant; Part 5-Political Philosophy: John Locke, David Hume, Jean-Jacque Rousseau; Part 6-Moral Philosophy: Samuel Clarke, Davide Hume, Richard Price, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Reid, Jeremy Bentham, Mary Wollstonecraft. While these are, indeed, essential readings, WHERE IS THE COMMENTARY ON THESE READINGS as the subtitle suggests: "Essentail Readings WITH COMMENTARY"? (emphasis mine). Trained as a biblical scholar, maybe I was expecting commentary that philosophers do not do (I had in mind the kind of commentary that one does on the letters of Paul or the gospels). The only thing that I can see commentary-wise are brief introductions to each Part, but this is really nothing unlike what you might find in a college primary reading text book. I was expecting detailed commentary AFTER EACH reading, but you do not get that here. You only get an introduction to each Part, then the readings, and that's it. No detailed expository commentary that discusses each reading and what each author means by what he says and why. That is why I give this, and the others in this series, only 2 stars. Again: WHERE IN BLAZES IS THE COMMENTARY? It ain't here. Or is it, and is this what philosophy profs call "commentary"?
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