The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is an outstanding survey of one of the most important eras in the history of Western philosophy - one which witnessed philosophical, scientific, religious and social change on a massive scale.

A team of twenty international contributors provide students and scholars of philosophy and related disciplines with a detailed and accessible guide to seventeenth century philosophy. The Companion is divided into seven parts:

  • Historical Context
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Mind and Language
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Natural Philosophy and the Material World
  • Philosophical Theology.

Major topics and themes are explored and discussed, including the scholastic context that shaped philosophy of the period, free will, skepticism, logic, mind-body problems, consciousness, arguments for the existence of God, and the problem of evil. As such The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is essential reading for all students of the period, both in philosophy and related disciplines such as literature, history, politics, and religious studies.

part 1|32 pages

Historical Context

chapter 1|30 pages

The Scholastic Background

part 2|110 pages


chapter 2|25 pages

Theories of Substance

chapter 3|27 pages


chapter 4|30 pages


chapter 5|26 pages

Free Will and Determinism

part 3|107 pages


chapter 6|50 pages


chapter 7|29 pages

Theories of Ideas

chapter 8|26 pages

Logic and Knowledge

part 4|132 pages

Mind and Language

chapter 9|34 pages

Mind-Body Problems

chapter 10|23 pages

Theories of Sense Perception

chapter 11|24 pages


chapter 13|29 pages

Philosophy of Language

part 5|64 pages

Natural Philosophy and the Material World

chapter 14|25 pages

Natural Philosophy

chapter 15|37 pages

The Theory of Matter

part 6|56 pages

Moral Philosophy and Political Philosophy

chapter 16|27 pages

Moral Philosophy

chapter 17|27 pages

Political Philosophy

part 7|80 pages

Philosophical Theology