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Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy

Nature and Norms in Thought

Lenz, Martin, Waldow, Anik (Eds.)

2013, VIII, 207 p. 1 illus.

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  • Offers a critical perspective on one of the most debated issues in contemporary philosophy
  • Reveals the importance of early modern philosophy and brings together leading scholars in the field
  • Renders 17th and 18th theories of mind accessible to non-experts in the history of philosophy by focusing on one specific philosophical problem   ​
Normativity has long been conceived as more properly pertaining to the domain of thought than to the domain of nature. This conception goes back to Kant and still figures prominently in contemporary epistemology, philosophy of mind and ethics. By offering a collection of new essays by leading scholars in early modern philosophy and specialists in contemporary philosophy, this volume goes beyond the point where nature and normativity came apart, and challenges the well-established opposition between these all too neatly separated realms. It examines how the mind’s embeddedness in nature can be conceived as a starting point for uncovering the links between naturally and conventionally determined standards governing an agent’s epistemic and moral engagement with the world. The original essays are grouped in two parts. The first part focuses on specific aspects of theories of perception, thought formation and judgment. It gestures towards an account of normativity that regards linguistic conventions and natural constraints as jointly setting the scene for the mind’s ability to conceptualise its experiences. The second part of the book asks what the norms of desirable epistemic and moral practices are. Key to this approach is an examination of human beings as parts of nature, who act as natural causes and are determined by their sensibilities and sentiments. Each part concludes with a chapter that integrates features of the historical debate into the contemporary context.​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Deep ecology - Dimensions of Panpsychism - Early modern - Herder - History of philosophy - Locke - Modalities of Certainty - Moral Agency - Natural Law - Natural ised Epistemology - Nature and normativity - Rousseau - Sentimentalism - Spinoza - Thought concepts - philosophy of mind and ethics

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Philosophical Traditions

Table of contents 

Preface.- List of Contributors.-


Nature and Norms in Thought   

Martin Lenz (University of Groningen) and Anik Waldow( University of Sydney) .-


Part I   Nature’s Influence on the Mind.-

Intentionality Bifurcated: A Lesson from Early Modern Philosophy?

Lionel Shapiro.-

Ideas as Thick Beliefs: Spinoza on the Normativity of Ideas

Martin Lenz.-

Three Problems in Locke’s Ontology of Substance and Mode

Antonia LoLordo.-
Kant on Imagination and the Natural Sources of the Conceptual

Johannes Haag.-

Naturalized Epistemology and the Genealogy of Knwoledge

Martin Kusch.-

Part II  Shaping the Norms of our Intellectual and Practical Engagement with the World.-

Sensibility and Metaphysics: Diderot, Hume, Baumgarten, and Herder

Stephen Gaukroger. -

Back to the Facts – Herder on the Normative Role of Sensibility and Imagination

Anik Waldow.-

Extending Nature: Rousseau on the Cultivation of Moral Sensibility

Annette Pierdziwol.-

The Piacular, or On Seeing Oneself as a Moral Cause in Adam Smith

Eric Schliesser. -

Explaining and Describing: Panpsychism and Deep Ecology

Michael Hampe.-




Eric Schliesser. -

Explaining and Describing: Panpsychism and Deep Ecology

Michael Hampe.-




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