Early modern women on metaphysics /
edited by Emily Thomas.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
viii, 295 pages ; 24 cm
1107178681, 9781107178687
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Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
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'Heads cast in metaphysical moulds': Damaris Masham on the method and nature of metaphysics / Marcy Lascano -- 'Hermaphroditical mixtures': Margaret Cavendish on nature and art / Susan James -- Emilie du Chatelet: physics, metaphysics and the case of gravity / Andrew Janiak -- Margaret Cavendish on laws and order / Karen Detlefsen -- Bathsua Makin and Anna Maria van Schurman: education and the metaphysics of being a woman / Sara L. Uckelman -- Margaret Cavendish on the eternity of created matter / Deborah Boyle -- Anne Conway on the identity of creatures over time / Emily Thomas -- Emilie Du Chatelet and the problem of bodies / Katherine Brading -- Elisabeth of Bohemia as a naturalistic dualist / Frederique Janssen-Lauret -- Margaret Cavendish on the metaphysics of imagination and the dramatic force of the imaginary world / David Cunning -- Mary Astell's Malebranchean concept of the self / Jacqueline Broad -- Goodness in Anne Conway's metaphysics / Sarah Hutton -- On Catharine Trotter Cockburn's metaphysics of morality / Patricia Sheridan.
"The work of women philosophers in the early modern period has traditionally been overlooked, yet their writing on topics such as reality, time, mind and matter holds valuable lessons for our understanding of metaphysics and its history. Investigating issues from eternity to free will and from body to natural laws, the essays uncover long- neglected perspectives and demonstrate their importance for philosophical debates, both then and now. Combining careful philosophical analysis with discussion of the intellectual and historical context of each thinker, they will set the agenda for future enquiry and will appeal to scholars and students of the history of metaphysics, science, religion and feminism"--
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