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Continental Rationalism" by Thomas M. Lennon and Shannon Dea
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- Oeuvres De Descartes, 11 vols., C. Adam
and P. Tannery, Eds., aris: Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 1983.
- The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, 3 vols.,
J. Cottingham, R. Stoothoff, and D. Murdoch, Trans. Vol. 3 including
A. Kenny, Trans., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984–88.
- The Correspondence Between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and
René Descartes, Lisa Shapiro (ed. and trans.), Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 2007.
- Œuvres complètes de Malebranche, 20 vols.,
A. Robinet (ed.), Paris: J. Vrin, 1958–84.
- Dialogues on Metaphysics, W. Doney,
Trans., New York: Abaris Books, 1980.
- Dialogue between a Christian Philosopher and a Chinese
Philosopher on the Existence and Nature of God, D. A. Iorio
(trans.), Washington: Catholic University Press, 1980.
- Treatise on
Ethics, C. Walton (trans.), Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1993.
- Dialogues on Metaphysics and on Religion, N. Jolley and
D. Scott (trans.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
- The Search after Truth, T. M. Lennon and P. J. Olscamp
(trans.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
- Spinoza Opera, 5 volumes. C. Gebhardt (Ed.),
Heidelberg: Carl Winters, 1925–87.
- The Collected Writings of Spinoza, E. Curley
(trans. and ed.), Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.
- Complete Works, S. Shirley (trans.), M. Morgan (ed.),
Indianapolis: Hackett, 2002.
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Sämtliche Schriften und
Briefe, German Academy of Science, Darmstadt
and Berlin: Berlin Academy, 1923–.
- Philosophical Essays, R. Ariew and D. Garber
(eds. and trans.), Indianapolis: Hackett, 1989.
- Opuscules et Fragments Inédits de Leibniz,
L. Couturat (ed.), Paris: Felix Alcan, 1903.
- Leibnizens Mathematische Schriften,
C. I. Gerhardt (ed.), Berlin: Weidman, 1875–90.
- Die Philosophischen Schriften von Gottfried Wilhelm
Leibniz, C.I. Gerhardt (ed.), Berlin: Weidman, 1875–90.
- Theodicy, A. Farrer (ed.) and E. Huggard (trans.),
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1952.
- Philosophical Papers and Letters, L. Loemker
(ed.), 2nd ed., Dordrecht: Reidel, 1969.
- Philosophical Writings, M. Morris and G. Parkinson
(eds. and trans.), London: Dent, 1973.
- New Essays on Human Understanding, P. Remnant and
J. Bennett (ed. and trans.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
- Leibniz: Selections, P. Wiener (Ed.), New York:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951.
- Adams, Robert Merrihew, 1994, Leibniz: Determinist, Theist,
Idealist, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [A careful and
penetrating study that benefits from the author's extensive of
knowledge of Leibniz's oeuvre.] (Scholar)
- Allison, Henry, 1987, Benedict de Spinoza: An
Introduction, New Haven: Yale University Press. [A classic
work by an eminent Spinoza scholar. Suitable for beginners, but also
useful for those well-versed in Spinoza.] (Scholar)
- Bennett, Jonathan, 1984, A Study of Spinoza's Ethics,
Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing. [A clear,
penetrating study of Spinoza whose arguments and analogies have
entered the scholarly idiom. Essential reading for Spinozists.] (Scholar)
- Boyle, Deborah, 2009, Descartes on Innate Ideas, London:
Continuum. [A comprehensive study of Descartes's
nativism. Boyle argues that, for Descartes, we have implicit knowledge
of our innate ideas, and that reflection is required to make the
knowledge explicit. The volume includes a thorough survey and critique
of the secondary literature on innate ideas in
- Carriero, John, 1995, “On the Relationship Between Mode and Substance in Spinoza's Metaphysics,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 33.2:
245–73. [Carriero traces the medieval Aristotelian influence of Spinoza's substance/mode distinction, and in so doing challenges Curley's argument that Spinozist modal dependence is causal dependence Meditations.] (Scholar)
- Cottingham, John, 1984, Rationalism, London: Paladin
Books. [A concise, accessible survey of issues in
both early modern and contemporary rationalism.] (Scholar)
- Curley, Edwin, 1988, Behind the Geometric Method,
Princeton: Princeton University Press. [A brief, persuasive
argument for a naturalistic understanding of Spinoza's Ethics
by a leader in the field.] (Scholar)
- Della Rocca, Michael, 1996, Representation and the Mind-Body
Problem in Spinoza, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [The
authoritative work on Spinoza's theory of ideas.] (Scholar)
- –––, 2008, Spinoza, London and New York:
Routledge. [An accessible introduction to Spinoza's
main doctrines, with a useful sketch of the historical
- Donagan, Alan, 1988, Spinoza, Chicago: University of
Chicago Press. [A spare, compulsively readable
interpretation of Spinoza's mature work as a whole, with an emphasis
on his naturalism.] (Scholar)
- Fraenkel, Carlos, Dario Perinetti, and Justin Smith, Eds,
2010, The Rationalists: Between Tradition and Innovation,
Dordrecht: Springer. [Essays on varied topics by key
thinkers in the field, all of them devoted to understanding and
problematizing the category of rationalism by considering aspects of
key rationalist figures in their historical contexts.] (Scholar)
- Frankfurt, Harry, 1965, “Descartes’ Validation of
Reason,” American Philosophical Quarterly, 2:
149–56. [A seminal work dealing with the alleged
circularity of Descartes's Meditations.] (Scholar)
- Garber, Daniel and Michael Ayers, Eds., 1998, The Cambridge
History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, 2 vols., Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press. [This collection provides a
comprehensive look at the relevant philosophical period, with
invaluable material about the historical and social context.] (Scholar)
- Garrett, Don, Ed., 1996, The Cambridge Companion to
Spinoza, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.
[Essays on all aspects of Spinoza's thought by top Spinoza
- Guéroult, Martial, 1968, Spinoza I: Dieu,
Paris: Georg Olms. [Guéroult is
credited with having dealt Wolfson's subjectivist account of Spinoza's
attributes its death-blow.] (Scholar)
- Huenemann, Charles, 2008, Understanding Rationalism,
Durham, UK: Acumen. [A clear and helpful
introduction to Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz, written for college
- Ishiguro, Hidé, 1972, Leibniz's Philosophy of Logic and
Language, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. [A
clear, untechnical discussion of Leibniz's arguments considered in
light of contemporary anglo-american logic.] (Scholar)
- Jolley, Nicholas, Ed., 1995, The Cambridge Companion to
Leibniz, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Essays on
all aspects of Leibniz's thought by top Leibniz scholars.] (Scholar)
- Kenny, Anthony, Ed., 1986, Rationalism, Empiricism and
Idealism, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [A useful
collection, mostly of lectures delivered at the British Academy by
leading scholars of early modern philosophy.] (Scholar)
- Lennon, Thomas M., 1993, The Battle of the Gods and Giants:
The Legacies of Descartes and Gassendi, 1655–1715, Princeton:
Princeton University Press. [An account of the contest between the
Cartesians and their principal opponents as an extension of the battle
that Plato depicts in the Sophist between the materialists
and the friends of the forms.] (Scholar)
- Lewis, Geneviève (Rodis-), 1950, L'individualité
selon Descartes, Paris: J.Vrin. [Discusses all
the texts on both sides of the question of the uniqueness of extended
- Mates, Benson, 1986, The Philosophy of Leibniz: Metaphysics
& Language, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [An
internalist reading of Leibniz focusing in particular on logical
issues and on Leibniz's nominalism.] (Scholar)
- McCracken, Charles J., 1983, Malebranche and British
Philosophy, Oxford: Clarendon Press. [A classic
account of Malebranche's influence on British philosophy, which also
contains a wonderful 100-page account of Malebranche's system.] (Scholar)
- Melamed, Yitzhak, 2011, “Spinoza's Metaphysics of Thought: Parallelisms and the Multifaceted Structure of Ideas ,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1–48. [A re-interpretation of Spinozist parallelism that seeks to resolve why human beings can only know two of substance's infinite attributesMeditations.] (Scholar)
- Nadler, Steven., Ed., 1993, Causation in Early Modern
Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Preestablished
Harmony, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.
[A collection of essays concerning the three main
rationalist theories of causation. The essays in this collection
consider not only the major figures discussed in the above article,
but also a number of intermediate and minor figures.] (Scholar)
- Nelson, Alan, Ed., 2005, A Companion to Rationalism,
Oxford, Blackwell. [An ably edited collection of
essays devoted to the historical antecedents of rationalism, to the
movement's “golden age” and to rationalist elements in
contemporary thought.] (Scholar)
- Okruhlik, Kathleen and James R. Brown, Eds., 1985, The
Natural Philosophy of Leibniz, Dordrecht: D. Reidel.
[A challenging collection devoted to the role of physics
and natural philosophy in the development of Leibniz's thought.] (Scholar)
- Rozemond, Marleen, 1998, Descartes's Dualism, Cambridge:
Harvard University Press. [A thorough account of the topic
indicated, including valuable scholastic background.] (Scholar)
- Russell, Bertrand, 1992, A Critical Exposition of the
Philosophy of Leibniz, London: Routledge.
[First published in 1900, this work includes Russell's
classic arguments that the basis of Leibniz's thought lies in his
Aristotelian logic, and that, for Leibniz, relational properties are
merely ideal.] (Scholar)
- Schmaltz, Tad, 2002, Radical Cartesianism: The French
reception of Descartes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
[A treatment of those few—specifically, Desgabets
and Régis—who accepted Descartes's doctrine of created
- Sowaal, Alice, 2004, “Cartesian Bodies,” Canadian
Journal of Philosophy 34.2: 217–40. [This
useful article sorts Descartes's inconsistent language about substance
in terms of levels.] (Scholar)
- Wilson, Margaret Dauler, 1982, Ego Cogito, Ego Sum,New York: Routledge.[See Chapter Three for a clear and useful discussion of Descartes's doctrine of created truths.] (Scholar)
- Wolfson, Harry, 1934, The Philosophy of Spinoza, 2 vols.,
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. [Wolfson's is still the
classic argument for the subjectivist account of attributes in
- Woolhouse, R.S., 1993, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz: The
Concept of Substance in Seventeenth Century Metaphysics, London
and New York: Routledge. [A deep account of many of
the themes covered here, with something of value for readers at all