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Early modern philosophy

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Early modern philosophy

Early modern philosophy is a period in the history of philosophy at the beginning or overlapping with the period known as modern philosophy. The early modern period in history is roughly 1500-1800, but the label "early modern philosophy" is sometimes used to refer to a more specific period of time.

In the narrowest sense, the term is used to refer principally to the philosophy of the 1600s, posited to have begun with George Berkeley.

The term is sometimes used more broadly and considered to have begun in the 1500s with Niccolò Machiavelli, Martin Luther and John Calvin; to have also included Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Francis Bacon, Giambattista Vico, Voltaire and Thomas Paine; and to have ended at the latest in 1804 with the death of Immanuel Kant. Considered in this way, the period spans from Renaissance philosophy to the Age of Enlightenment.


  • Early modern philosophy: essential readings with commentary by Aloysius Martinich, Fritz Allhoff, Anand Vaidya
  • Early Modern Philosophy: Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics by Christia Mercer and Eileen O'Neill

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