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The Early Modern Subject


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Acknowledgements INTRODUCTION: Aims and Issues PART I: THE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY BACKGROUND 1: The 'Ontological' View of the Self: Scholastic and Cartesian Conceptions 2: Metaphysical Alternatives. Conceptions of Identity, Morality, and the Afterlife PART II: LOCKE'S SUBJECTIVIST REVOLUTION 3: Locke on Identity, Consciousness, and Self-Consciousness 4: Locke on Personal Identity: Consciousness, Memory, and Self-Concern PART III: PROBLEMS WITH LOCKE. CRITIQUE AND DEFENCE 5: The Notion of a Person and the Role of Consciousness and Memory 6: The Charge of Circularity and the Argument from the Transitivity of Identity PART IV: SUBJECTIVITY AND IMMATERIALIST METAPHYSICS OF THE MIND 7: The Soul, Human and Universal 8: Relating to the Soul and Pure Thought, Original Sin and the Afterlife PART V: SUSBSTANCE, APPERCEPTION AND IDENTITY: LEIBNIZ, WOLFF, AND BEYOND 9: Individuation and Identity, Apperception and Consciousness in Leibniz and Wolff 10: Beyond Leibniz and Wolff. From Immortality to the Necessary "Unity of the Subject" 11: From the Critique of Wolffian Apperception to the Idea of the "Pre-existence" of Self-Consciousness PART VI: BUNDLES AND SELVES: HUME IN CONTEXT 12: Hume and the Belief in Personal Identity 13: Hume and the Bundle View of the Self CONCLUSION: BEYOND HUME AND WOLFF BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

About the Author

Udo Thiel studied Philosophy at the Universities of Marburg, Bonn, and Oxford. He began as a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney, later moving to the Australian National University in Canberra where he became a Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor. In 2009 he moved to Austria where he is now Professor of the History of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Graz. His research focuses on early modern epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.


"an indispensible guide for specialists in early modern philosophy and the history of subjectivity." - S. Young, CHOICE"clearly and engagingly written ... there is much to learn from this rich and informative book" - Marleen Rozemond, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews"Essential reading for any scholar interested in self-consciousness and personal identity." - Angela Coventry, Mind"The thoroughness of Thiel's scholarship is impressive, to say the least ... an extraordinary scholarly achievement ... set[s] a new standard that will profoundly affect subsequent scholarly attempts to synoptically understand the way in which important theoretical issues in general, and not just the ones he considered, got discussed by theorists during the modern period." - Raymond Martin, Internationale Zeitschrift fur Analytische Philosophie"Thiel's book is clearly written and accessible to more than just a circle of specialists. Its main virtue is the systematized presentation of an amazing range of authors ... This book is the first pick for everyone who wants to gain insight into the abundance of early modern discussions of these topics." - Christian Barth, Philosophy in Review

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