Early Modern German Philosophy (1690-1750)

ISBN : 9780198803317

Corey W. Dyck
288 Pages
153 x 153 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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Early Modern German Philosophy (1690-1750) makes some of the key texts of early German thought available in English, in most cases for the first time. The translations range from texts by the most important figures of the period, including Christian Thomasius, Christian Wolff, Christian August Crusius, and Georg Friedrich Meier, as well as texts by consequential but less familiar thinkers such as Dorothea Christiane Erxleben, Theodor Ludwig Lau, Friedrich Wilhelm Stosch, and Joachim Lange. The topics covered range across a number of areas of theoretical philosophy, including metaphysics (the immortality of the soul, materialism and its refutation, the pre-established harmony), epistemology (the principle of sufficient reason, the limits of reason with respect to matters of faith), and logic (the role of prejudices in cognition and the doctrine of truth). These texts are intended to showcase German philosophy in the early Modern period as a far richer tradition than it is typically given credit for, and indeed as much more than either a footnote to Leibniz or merely a step on the way to Kant. This collection is a valuable resource for students and scholars interested in the early modern German tradition and the often neglected works that enlightened it.


Part I: Truth and Prejudice
1 Christian Thomasius, from Introduction to the Doctrine of Reason (1691)
2 Dorothea Christiane Erxleben, from Rigorous Investigation of the Causes that obstruct the Female Sex from Study (1742)
Part II: Radical Philosophy
3 Friedrich Wilhelm Stosch, from The Concord of Reason and Faith (1692)
4 Theodor Ludwig Lau, Philosophical Meditations concerning God, the World, and the Human Being (1717)
Part III: The Controversy Between Wolff and the Pietists
5 Christian Wolff, from Rational Thoughts concerning God, the World, and the Human Soul and also all Things in general (1720)
6 Joachim Lange, from A Modest and Detailed Disclosure of the False and Harmful Philosophy in the Wolffian Metaphysical System (1724)
7 Christian Wolff, Refutation of Spinoza's Ethics (1737)
Part IV: The Limits of Reason
8 Christian August Crusius, from Philosophical Dissertation on the Use and Limits of the Principle of Determining Reason, commonly called the Principle of Sufficient Reason (1743)
9 Georg Friedrich Meier, from Thoughts on the State of the Soul after Death (1746)

About the author: 

Corey W. Dyck is Professor of philosophy at Western University in Canada where he specializes in Kant and the history of German philosophy. He is the author of Kant and Rational Psychology (Oxford 2014), the co-editor (with Falk Wunderlich) of Kant and his German Contemporaries (Cambridge 2017), and co-translator (with Dan Dahlstrom) of Morning Hours by Moses Mendelssohn.

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