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Early Modern Women on Metaphysics

Early Modern Women on Metaphysics

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Cambridge University Press, 3/15/2018
EAN 9781107178687, ISBN10: 1107178681

Hardcover, 302 pages, 23.5 x 15.6 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

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. This volume of new essays explores the work of nine key female figures: Bathsua Makin, Anna Maria van Schurman, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Damaris Cudworth Masham, Mary Astell, Catharine Trotter Cockburn, and Émilie Du Châtelet. 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.

Introduction
reworking early modern metaphysics Emily Thomas
Part I. Meta-metaphysics
1. 'Heads cast in metaphysical moulds'
Damaris Masham on the method and nature of metaphysics Marcy Lascano
Part II. Metaphysics of Science
2. 'Hermaphroditical mixtures'
Margaret Cavendish on nature and art Susan James
3. Émilie Du Châtelet
physics, metaphysics and the case of gravity Andrew Janiak
4. Margaret Cavendish on laws and order Karen Detlefsen
Part III. Ontology
5. Bathsua Makin and Anna Maria van Schurman
education and the metaphysics of being a woman Sara L. Uckelman
6. Margaret Cavendish on the eternity of created matter Deborah Boyle
7. Anne Conway on the identity of creatures over time Emily Thomas
8. Émilie Du Châtelet and the problem of bodies Katherine Brading
Part IV. Metaphysics of Minds and Selves
9. Elisabeth of Bohemia as a naturalistic dualist Frederique Janssen-Lauret
10. Margaret Cavendish on the metaphysics of imagination and the dramatic force of the imaginary world David Cunning
11. Mary Astell's malebranchean concept of the self Jacqueline Broad
Part V. Metaphysics of Morality
12. Goodness in Anne Conway's metaphysics Sarah Hutton
13. On Catharine Trotter Cockburn's metaphysics of morality Patricia Sheridan.