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Spinoza and German Idealism

Spinoza and German Idealism
There can be little doubt that without Spinoza, German Idealism would have been just as impossible as it would have been without Kant. Yet the precise nature of Spinoza's influence on the German Idealists has hardly been studied in detail. This volume of essays by leading scholars sheds light on how the appropriation of Spinoza by Fichte, Schelling and Hegel grew out of the reception of his philosophy by, among others, Lessing, Mendelssohn, Jacobi, Herder, Goethe, Schleiermacher, Maimon and, of course, Kant.


Spinoza’s Metaphysics

Spinoza’s Metaphysics
In Yitzhak Melamed's new book, he offers a new and systematic interpretation of the core of Spinoza's metaphysics.


New Faculty Member

The department is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Bledin (UC Berkeley) as assistant professor, beginning Fall 2013.


Evidence and Method: Scientific Strategies of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell

Evidence and Method: Scientific Strategies of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell
What is meant by scientific evidence, and how can a definition of this concept be applied in the sciences to determine whether observed facts constitute evidence that a given theory is true? In this book, Peter Achinstein proposes and defends several objective concepts of evidence. He then explores the question of whether a scientific method, […]


Sextus Empiricus: Against the Physicists

Sextus Empiricus: Against the Physicists
Sextus Empiricus’ Against the Physicists examines numerous topics central to ancient Greek inquiries into the nature of the physical world, covering subjects such as god, cause and effect, whole and part, bodies, place, motion, time, number, coming into being and perishing and is the most extensive surviving treatment of these topics by an ancient Greek […]


The Twenty-Five Years of Philosophy: A Systematic Reconstruction

The Twenty-Five Years of Philosophy: A Systematic Reconstruction
Kant declared that philosophy began in 1781 with his Critique of Pure Reason. In 1806 Hegel announced that philosophy had now been completed. Eckart Förster examines the reasons behind these claims and assesses the steps that led in such a short time from Kant’s “beginning” to Hegel’s “end.” He concludes that, in an unexpected yet significant sense, […]


Hegel’s Conscience

Hegel’s Conscience
This book provides a new interpretation of the ethical theory of G.W.F. Hegel. The aim is not only to give a new interpretation for specialists in German Idealism, but also to provide an analysis that makes Hegel’s ethics accessible for all scholars working in ethical and political philosophy. While Hegel’s political philosophy has received a […]


Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide

Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide
Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise was published anonymously in 1670 and immediately provoked huge debate. Its main goal was to claim that the freedom of philosophizing can be allowed in a free republic and that it cannot be abolished without also destroying the peace and piety of that republic. Spinoza criticizes the traditional claims of revelation and […]


Evidence, Explanation, and Realism: Essays in Philosophy of Science

Evidence, Explanation, and Realism: Essays in Philosophy of Science
The essays in this volume address three fundamental questions in the philosophy of science: What is required for some fact to be evidence for a scientific hypothesis? What does it mean to say that a scientist or a theory explains a phenomenon? Should scientific theories that postulate “unobservable” entities such as electrons be construed realistically […]


The Routledge Companion to 19th Century Philosophy

The Routledge Companion to 19th Century Philosophy
The 19th century is a period of stunning philosophical originality, characterized by radical engagement with the emerging human sciences. Often overshadowed by 20th-century philosophy, which sought to reject some of its central tenets, the philosophers of the 19th century have re-emerged as profoundly important figures. The Routledge Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy is an outstanding survey […]