Modern Philosophy

Cartesian Ontology and First Philosophy

In my PHIL 202: Modern Philosophy course, we just finished a segment looking at Descartes in Context. We read Don Rutherford’s “Innovation and orthodoxy in modern philosophy”1, and some texts from Montaigne, Bacon, and Galileo, which are included in Ariew & Watkins’ Modern Philosophy anthology2, before working through the Meditations, selected Objections and Replies,¬†Book I…

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ANP on Matter and Form

For those of you who still have some questions about what Aristotelian Natural Philosophy has to say about matter and form, here are some things that might help: Step 1. Forget everything you think you know about matter (free your conceptual apparatus from the particular determinate ways you have learned to characterize the physical matter…