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Idea and Ontology: An Essay in Early Modern Metaphysics of Ideas (Hardback)

Marc A. Hight

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ISBN 10: 0271033835 / ISBN 13: 9780271033839
Edité par Pennsylvania State University Press, United States, 2008
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The prevailing view about the history of early modern philosophy, which the author dubs the early modern tale and wants to convince us is really a fairy tale, has it that the focus on ideas as a solution to various epistemological puzzles, first introduced by Descartes, created difficulties for the traditional ontological scheme of substance and mode. The early modern tale depicts the development of the way of ideas as abandoning ontology at least by the time of Berkeley. This, in turn, fostered an antimetaphysical bias as modern philosophy developed further, elevating epistemology to its current primary status in the field. Marc Hight challenges this account by showing how, though the conception of ideas changed over time, the ontological status of ideas remained a central part of the discussion about ideas and influenced how even later thinkers like Locke, Berkeley, and Hume thought about them. By his reading of important texts in early modern philosophy, Hight aims not only to provide a more accurate history of philosophy for this period but also to resuscitate the value of metaphysics for philosophical analysis today. N° de réf. du libraire AAS9780271033839

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Titre : Idea and Ontology: An Essay in Early Modern ...

Éditeur : Pennsylvania State University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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The prevailing view about the history of early modern philosophy, which the author dubs “the early modern tale” and wants to convince us is really a fairy tale, has it that the focus on ideas as a solution to various epistemological puzzles, first introduced by Descartes, created difficulties for the traditional ontological scheme of substance and mode. The early modern tale depicts the development of “the way of ideas” as abandoning ontology at least by the time of Berkeley. This, in turn, fostered an antimetaphysical bias as modern philosophy developed further, elevating epistemology to its current primary status in the field.

Marc Hight challenges this account by showing how, though the conception of ideas changed over time, the ontological status of ideas remained a central part of the discussion about ideas and influenced how even later thinkers like Locke, Berkeley, and Hume thought about them. By his reading of important texts in early modern philosophy, Hight aims not only to provide a more accurate history of philosophy for this period but also to resuscitate the value of metaphysics for philosophical analysis today.

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Marc A. Hight is Elliott Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hampden-Sydney College.

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