Modern European Philosophy

The Descartes & Princess Elisabeth Correspondence

Primary Texts:

Ed. Atherton, Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period. Hackett 1994. ISBN: 0872202593 (p. 8-21) (though the correspondence is also available elsewhere, including electronically at earlymoderntexts.org).

Secondary Texts for Instructor:

Lisa Shapiro. “Elisabeth, Princess of Bohemia.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/elisabeth-bohemia/

Mary Shepard's Criticism of Berkeley

Primary Texts:

Ed. Atherton, Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period. Hackett 1994. ISBN: 0872202593 (p. 147-159)

Suggested Courses:

History of Modern Philosophy

Overview:

Shepherd argues against Berkeley that our ideas of sensible things are “algebraic signs” giving evidence to their causes (matter).

Discussion Questions (with answers):

1. Shepherd claims that Berkeley’s definition of sensible things (like an apple) is missing a component (150). What is that component?

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