Back Cover Blurb
- ‘Very useful survey of the subject, with a refreshing approach.’
→ E.J. Lowe, University of Durham
- ‘its tone, style and general character place it several notches above the other books of its kind ... there are some sections which could serve as models of philosophical clarity and elucidation’
→ Michael Carlsen-Jones, Teaching Philosophy
- What is the source of human knowledge and ideas? Are there different kinds of knowledge, acquired in different ways? What is the nature of science?
- In this book R. S. Woolhouse examines the views and arguments of a number of early modern philosophers— Bacon, Gassendi, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume — who tend to stress the role and importance of experience and observation in their answers to these questions. Along with the focus on their contribution to the ‘new philosophy’ of their age with its primary concern with the nature of knowledge and science, a chapter is devoted to the Royal Society of London for the Improving of Natural Knowledge, founded in the 1660s.
- The moral and political philosophy of these philosophers is highlighted too. Woolhouse not only sets their ideas within their contemporary cultural context, but also gives attention to their significance for twentieth-century thought.
OPUS, Oxford Paperbacks, 1988
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