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Subjectivity and individuality: Two strands in early modern philosophy: Introduction
For generations of scholars the emergence of the notion of human subjectivity has marked the shift to philosophical modernity. Mainly traced back to Descartes’s founding of philosophy on the CogitoExpand
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The Letters of Burchard de Volder to Philipp van Limborch
These notes contain an annotated edition of the only four extant letters of Burchard de Volder (1643–1709) to Philipp van Limborch (1633–1712). In the first letter (18 July 1687) De Volder providesExpand
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The Foundation of Early Modern Science
De Volder’s Views on Metaphysics and on the Method of Natural Philosophy
In this chapter I focus on De Volder’s ideas on metaphysics, namely, on De Volder’s alleged Spinozism, as well as on his ideas on certainty and on the method of natural philosophy. The two points areExpand
The Principles of Natural Philosophy
In this chapter I consider De Volder’s treatment of the idea of material substance and of the problem of its source of activity, i.e. of the cause and laws of motion. These issues dominated not onlyExpand
Cosmology and Theory of Weight
In this chapter I consider De Volder’s approach to cosmology, which probably led him to relinquish Cartesianism around 1700. I argue that the appearance of Newton’s Principia – containing a strikingExpand