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Pierre Bayle's Cartesian Metaphysics

Rediscovering Early Modern Philosophy

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Pierre Bayle's Cartesian Metaphysics by Todd Ryan
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In his magnum opus, the Historical and Critical Dictionary, Pierre Bayle offered a series of brilliant criticisms of the major philosophical and theological systems of the 17th Century. Although officially skeptical concerning the attempt to provide a definitive account of the truths of metaphysics, there is reason to see Bayle as a reluctant skeptic. In particular, Todd Ryan contends that Bayle harbored deep sympathy for the attempt by Descartes and his most innovative successor, Nicolas Malebranche, to establish a metaphysical system that would provide a foundation for the new mechanistic natural philosophy while helping to secure the fundamental tenets of rational theology. Through a careful analysis of Bayle's critical engagement with such philosophers as Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke and Newton, it is argued that, despite his reputation as a skeptic, Bayle was not without philosophical commitments of his own. Drawing on the full range of Bayle's writings, from his early philosophical lectures to his final controversial writings, Ryan offers detailed studies of Bayle's treatment of such pivotal issues as mind-body dualism, causation and God's relation to the world.

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Todd Ryan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College, Connecticut, USA.
Release date Australia
July 14th, 2009
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
224
Dimensions
152x229x14
ISBN-13
9780415770187
Product ID
3040886

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