Philosophy within the 16th via eighteenth centuries has routinely been chracterized as being basically involved in epistemological matters. This ebook isn't really meant to overturn this characterization yet relatively to stability it via an exam of both very important metaphysical, or ontological, positions held, explicitly or implicitly, by means of philosophers during this interval. significant philosophers whose perspectives are mentioned during this publication contain Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Leibniz, Wolff, and Kant. moreover, the participants of juvenile Cartesians, specifically Regis and Desgabets, are analyzed in a separate bankruptcy. even though the perspectives of early sleek philosophers on individuation and identification were mentioned ahead of, those discussions have often been taken care of as asides in a bigger context. This e-book is the 1st to pay attention to the issues of individuation and id in early sleek philosophy and to track their philosophical improvement during the interval in a coherent method.
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