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  1. Descartes’ Debt to Teresa of Ávila, or Why We Should Work on Women in the History of Philosophy.Christia Mercer - 2017 - Philosophical Studies 174 (10):2539-2555.
    Despite what you have heard over the years, the famous evil deceiver argument in Meditation One is not original to Descartes. Early modern meditators often struggle with deceptive demons. The author of the Meditations is merely giving a new spin to a common rhetorical device. Equally surprising is the fact that Descartes’ epistemological rendering of the demon trope is probably inspired by a Spanish nun, Teresa of Ávila, whose works have been ignored by historians of philosophy, although they were a (...)
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  2. Humanist Platonism in Seventeenth-Century Germany.Christia Mercer - 1999 - London Studies in the History of Philosophy 1:238-58.
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  3. Platonism in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: The Case of Leibniz and Conway.Christia Mercer - 2012 - In Christoph Horn James Wilberding (ed.), Neoplatonic Natural Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
  4. Knowledge and Suffering in Early Modern Philosophy: G.W. Leibniz and Anne Conway.Christia Mercer - 2012 - In Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (ed.), Emotional Minds. De Gruyter. pp. 179.
  5. Metaphysics: The Early Period to the Discourse on Metaphysics.Christia Mercer & Robert C. Sleigh Jr - 1994 - Leibniz.
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    Leibniz's Metaphysics: Its Origins and Development.Christia Mercer - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book offers a major reassessment of Leibniz's metaphysics. Christia Mercer has exposed the underlying doctrines of Leibniz's philosophy. By analysing Leibniz's early works she demonstrates that the metaphysics of pre-established harmony developed many years earlier than previously believed and for reasons which have not been understood. As a result of this analysis she has unearthed a philosophical school that Leibniz scholars have not recognized. A much deeper understanding of some of Leibniz's key doctrines emerges. Moreover, since the Leibniz that (...)
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  7. The Methodology of the Meditations: Tradition and Innovation.Christia Mercer - 2014 - In David Cunning (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Descartes’ Meditations. Cambridge University Press. pp. 23-47.
    Descartes intended to revolutionize seventeenth-century philosophy and science. But first he had to persuade his contemporaries of the truth of his ideas. Of all his publications, Meditations on First Philosophy is methodologically the most ingenuous. Its goal is to provoke readers, even recalcitrant ones, to discover the principles of “first philosophy.” The means to its goal is a reconfiguration of traditional methodological strategies. The aim of this chapter is to display the methodological strategy of the Meditations. The text’s method is (...)
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  8. Leibniz on Mathematics, Methodology, and the Good: A Reconsideration of the Place of Mathematics in Leibniz's Philosophy.Christia Mercer - 2006 - Early Science and Medicine 11 (4):424-454.
    Scholars have long been interested in the relation between Leibniz, the metaphysician-theologian, and Leibniz, the logician-mathematician. In this collection, we consider the important roles that rhetoric and the "art of thinking" have played in the development of mathematical ideas. By placing Leibniz in this rhetorical tradition, the present essay shows the extent to which he was a rhetorical thinker, and thereby answers the question about the relation between his work as a logician-mathematician and his other work. It becomes clear that (...)
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  9. Kontinuitaet und Mechanismus.Richard Arthur, Christia Mercer, Justin Smith & Catherine Wilson - 1997 - The Leibniz Review 7:25-64.
  10. Leibniz on Knowledge and God.Christia Mercer - 2002 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (4):531-550.
    Scholars have long noted that, for Leibniz, the attributes or Ideas of God are the ultimate objects of human knowledge. In this paper, I go beyond these discussions to analyze Leibniz’s views about the nature and limitations of such knowledge. As with so many other aspects of his thought, Leibniz’s position on this issue—what I will call his divine epistemology—is both radical and conservative. It is also not what we might expect, given other tenets of his system. For Leibniz, “God (...)
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  11. The Platonism at the Core of Leibniz's Metaphysics: God and Knowledge.Christia Mercer - 2008 - In S. Hutton (ed.), Platonism and the Origins of Modernity: The Platonic Tradition and the Rise of Modern Philosophy. Ashgate Press.
  12. Material Difficulties: Matter and the Metaphysics of Resurrection in Early Modern Philosophy.Christia Mercer - 2005 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 26 (2):123-135.
  13. The Vitality and Importance of Early Modern Aristotelianism.Christia Mercer - 1993 - In Tom Sorell (ed.), The Rise Of Modern Philosophy: The Tension Between the New and Traditional Philosophies from Machiavelli to Leibniz. Oxford University Press.
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  14. Prefacing the Theodicy.Christia Mercer - 2014 - In Larry M. Jorgensen & Samuel Newlands (eds.), New Essays on Leibniz's Theodicy. Oxford University Press. pp. 13-42.
    The Preface to Leibniz's famous Theodicy offers a perspective on the work that has been insufficiently studied. In this paper, I ask that we step back from the main text of the Theodicy and attend to its Preface. I show that the latter performs two crucial preparatory tasks that have not been properly appreciated. The first is to offer a public declaration of what I call Leibniz’s radical rationalism. The Preface assumes that any attentive rational being is capable of divine (...)
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  15. Mechanizing Aristotle: Leibniz and Reformed Philosophy.Christia Mercer - 1999 - Oxford Studies in the History of Philosophy:117-152.
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  16. Leibniz and His Master: The Correspondence with Thomasius.Christia Mercer - 2004 - In P. Lodge (ed.), Leibniz and his Correspondents. Cornell University Press.
  17. The Aristotelianism at the Core of Leibniz's Philosophy.Christia Mercer - 2002 - In C. H. Leijenhorst J. M. M. H. Thijssen & C. H. Lüthy (eds.), The Dynamics of Aristotelian Natural Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century. Brill Academic Publisher.
  18. Leibniz and Spinoza on Substance and Mode.Christia Mercer - 1999 - In Derk Pereboom (ed.), Rationalists. Rowman & Littlefield.
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    Leibniz's Teachers: Their Eclecticism and Platonism.Christia Mercer - 1999 - In S. Brown (ed.), The Philosophy of the Young Leibniz. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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    Leibniz and the Kabbalah.Christia Mercer - 1995 - The Leibniz Review 5:27-28.
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    Reply to Cees Leijenhorst’s Review of Leibniz’s Metaphysics.Christia Mercer - 2002 - The Leibniz Review 12:81-87.
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    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Sämtliche Schriften und Briefe.Christia Mercer - 2000 - The Leibniz Review 10:61-72.
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    Leibniz and Sleigh on Substantial Unity.Christia Mercer - 2005 - In Donald Rutherford J. A. Cover (ed.), Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. Oxford University Press.
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    Platonism and Philosophical Humanism on the Continent.Christia Mercer - 2002 - In Steven Nadler (ed.), A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy. Blackwell.
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  25. Leibniz's Metaphysics: Its Origins and Development.Christia Mercer - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (214):177-180.
     
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  26. Early Modern Philosophy: Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics.Christia Mercer (ed.) - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    Scholarship in the history of modern philosophy has changed dramatically in the last hundred years. Early in the twentieth century, philosophers such as Bertrand Russell and others regularly wrote on historical topics and figures, albeit from the perspective of their own contemporary concerns. But gradually, interest in the historical Descartes, Kant, and other figures fell off as more analytical approaches came to dominate. This lasted until the late 1960's, which saw a profound renaissance in historical scholarship. Philosophers rediscovered the vitality (...)
     
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  27. Leibniz and the German Tradition of the Power of Language.Christia Mercer - 2005 - In D. Berlioz F. Nef (ed.), Leibniz et les puissances du langage. Vrin.
     
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  28. The General Metaphysics of Nature: Plotinus on Logos / Lloyd P. Gerson. The Significance of 'Physics' in Porphyry : The Problem of Body and Matter / Andrew Smith. Self-Motion and Reflection : Hermias and Proclus on the Harmony of Plato and Aristotle on the Soul / Stephen Menn. Nature in Proclus : From Irrational Immanent Principle to Goddess / Alain Lernould. Platonism in Early Modern Natural Philosophy : The Case of Leibniz and Conway. [REVIEW]Christia Mercer - 2012 - In James Wilberding & Christoph Horn (eds.), Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature. Oxford Up.
     
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    Queen Christina of Sweden and Her Circle: The Transformation of a Seventeenth-Century Philosophical Libertine.Christia Mercer - 1993 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (2):289-291.
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    Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature (Review).Christia Mercer - 1998 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (1):139-141.
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    Kontinuität Und Mechanismus: Zur Philosophie des Jungen Leibniz in Ihrem Ideengeschichtlichen Kontext. [REVIEW]Richard Arthur, Christia Mercer, Justin Smith & Catherine Wilson - 1997 - The Leibniz Review 7:25-64.
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    Susanna Akerman, "Queen Christina of Sweden and Her Circle: The Transformation of a Seventeenth-Century Philosophical Libertine". [REVIEW]Christia Mercer - 1993 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (2):289.
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    Leibniz and the Kabbalah. [REVIEW]Christia Mercer - 1995 - The Leibniz Review 5:27-28.
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    Material Difficulties: Matter and the Metaphysics of Resurrection in Early Modern Natural Philosophy.Christia Mercer - 2005 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 26 (2):123-135.
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    Reply to Cees Leijenhorst’s Review of Leibniz’s Metaphysics.Christia Mercer - 2002 - The Leibniz Review 12:81-87.
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  37. Early Modern Philosophy: Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics.Christia Mercer (ed.) - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    This volume showcases the best current work now being written on a wide range of issues in early modern philosophy, when some of the most influential current philosophical problems were first identified by figures like Locke, Berkeley, Kant, Spinoza, and Descartes. Collectively the articles exemplify the wide range of methodological perspectives currently being employed by top figures in the field. Indeed the selling point of the volume is the very high level of the fourteen contributors, each of whom has a (...)
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  38. G. W. Leibniz, "De Summa Rerum: Metaphysical Papers, 1675-76". [REVIEW]Christia Mercer - 1995 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (4):689.
     
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  39. Leibniz and Sleigh.Christia Mercer - 2005 - In Donald Rutherford J. A. Cover (ed.), Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. Oxford University Press. pp. 44.
     
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  40. Leibniz' Metaphysics. Its Origins and Development.Christia Mercer - 2003 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 65 (2):358-360.
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