A Companion to Rationalism
December 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
This book is a wide-ranging examination of rationalist thought in philosophy from ancient times to the present day.
- Written by a superbly qualified cast of philosophers
- Critically analyses the concept of rationalism
- Focuses principally on the golden age of rationalism in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries
- Also covers ancient rationalism, nineteenth-century rationalism, and rationalist themes in recent thought
- Organised chronologically
- Various philosophical methods and viewpoints are represented
List of Abbreviations xii
Part I The Core of Rationalism 1
1 The Rationalist Impulse 3
2 The Rationalist Conception of Substance 12
Thomas M. Lennon
3 Rationalist Theories of Sense Perception and Mind–Body Relation 31
4 Rationalism and Education 61
Part II The Historical Background 83
5 Plato’s Rationalistic Method 85
Hugh H. Benson
6 Rationalism in Jewish Philosophy 100
7 Early Modern Critiques of Rationalist Psychology 119
8 Rationalism and Method 137
Matthew J. Kisner
9 Cartesian Imaginations: The Method and Passions of Imagining 156
Dennis L. Sepper
Part III The Heyday of Rationalism 177
10 Descartes’ Rationalist Epistemology 179
11 Rationalism and Representation 206
12 The Role of the Imagination in Rationalist Philosophies of Mathematics 224
13 Idealism and Cartesian Motion 250
14 Leibniz on Shape and the Cartesian Conception of Body 262
15 Leibniz on Modality, Cognition, and Expression 282
16 Rationalist Moral Philosophy 302
17 Spinoza, Leibniz, and the Rationalist Reconceptions of Imagination 322
Dennis L. Sepper
18 Kant and the Two Dogmas of Rationalism 343
Henry E. Allison
Part IV Rationalist Themes in Contemporary Philosophy 361
19 Rationalism in the Phenomenological Tradition 363
David Woodruff Smith
20 Rationalist Elements of Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy 379
21 Proust and the Rationalist Conception of the Self 399
22 Rationalism in Science 408
23 Rational Decision Making: Descriptive, Prescriptive, or Explanatory? 425
Jonathan Michael Kaplan
24 What is a Feminist to do with Rational Choice? 450
25 Rationalism in the Philosophy of Donald Davidson 468
Richard N. Manning
- A wide-ranging examination of rationalist thought in philosophy.
- Written by a superbly qualified cast of philosophers.
- Critically analyses the concept of rationalism.
- Focuses principally on the golden age of rationalism in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
- Also covers ancient rationalism, nineteenth-century rationalism, and rationalist themes in recent thought.
- Organised chronologically.
- Various philosophical methods and viewpoints are represented.
"This companion is large indeed, but the size fits the largeness of its subjects; and it does succeed in its 25 articles in covering that subject . . . A job well done. Recommended." (Choice)A Companion to Rationalism is impressive both for the high quality of the essays it contains and for their remarkable range, from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics and practical reasoning, and from Plato through the seventeenth century “continental rationalists” to contemporary philosophy. The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the many manifestations of what Nelson calls “the rationalist impulse.”
–Don Garrett, New York University