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    Squaring the Circle: The War Between Hobbes and Wallis.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1999 - University of Chicago Press.
    Hobbes and Wallis's "battle of the books" illuminates the intimate relationship between science and crucial seventeenth-century debates over the limits of sovereign power and the existence of God.
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    Berkeley's Philosophy of Mathematics.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1993 - University of Chicago Press. Edited by Kenneth Winkler.
    In this first modern, critical assessment of the place of mathematics in Berkeley's philosophy and Berkeley's place in the history of mathematics, Douglas M. Jesseph provides a bold reinterpretation of Berkeley's work.
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    Infinitesimal Differences: Controversies Between Leibniz and His Contemporaries.Douglas Jesseph & Ursula Goldenbaum (eds.) - 2008 - Walter de Gruyter.
    "The development of the calculus during the 17th century was successful in mathematical practice, but raised questions about the nature of infinitesimals: were they real or rather fictitious? This collection of essays, by scholars from Canada, the US, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland, gives a comprehensive study of the controversies over the nature and status of the infinitesimal. Aside from Leibniz, the scholars considered are Hobbes, Wallis, Newton, Bernoulli, Hermann, and Nieuwentijt. The collection also contains newly discovered marginalia of Leibniz (...)
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    Berkeley's Philosophy of Mathematics.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2010 - University of Chicago Press.
    In this first modern, critical assessment of the place of mathematics in Berkeley's philosophy and Berkeley's place in the history of mathematics, Douglas M. Jesseph provides a bold reinterpretation of Berkeley's work. Jesseph challenges the prevailing view that Berkeley's mathematical writings are peripheral to his philosophy and argues that mathematics is in fact central to his thought, developing out of his critique of abstraction. Jesseph's argument situates Berkeley's ideas within the larger historical and intellectual context of the Scientific Revolution. Jesseph (...)
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    Berkeley's Philosophy of Mathematics.David Sherry & Douglas M. Jesseph - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (1):126.
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    Hobbes and the method of natural science.Douglas Jesseph - 1996 - In Tom Sorell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes. Cambridge University Press. pp. 86--107.
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    Berkeley's philosophy of mathematics.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2005 - In Kenneth P. Winkler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Berkeley. New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 126-128.
    The dissertation is a detailed analysis of Berkeley's writings on mathematics, concentrating on the link between his attack on the theory of abstract ideas and his philosophy of mathematics. Although the focus is on Berkeley's works, I also trace the important connections between Berkeley's views and those of Isaac Barrow, John Wallis, John Keill, and Isaac Newton . The basic thesis I defend is that Berkeley's philosophy of mathematics is a natural extension of his views on abstraction. The first chapter (...)
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  8. Hobbes on ‘Conatus’: A Study in the Foundations of Hobbesian Philosophy.Douglas Jesseph - 2016 - Hobbes Studies 29 (1):66-85.
    _ Source: _Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 66 - 85 This paper will deal with the notion of _conatus_ and the role it plays in Hobbes’s program for natural philosophy. As defined by Hobbes, the _conatus_ of a body is essentially its instantaneous motion, and he sees this as the means to account for a variety of phenomena in both natural philosophy and mathematics. Although I foucs principally on Hobbesian physics, I will also consider the extent to which Hobbes’s account (...)
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    Squaring the Circle: The War Between Hobbes and Wallis.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1999 - University of Chicago Press.
    PrefaceList of AbbreviationsChapter One: The Mathematical Career of the Monster of MalmesburyChapter Two: The Reform of Mathematics and of the UniversitiesIdeological Origins of the DisputeChapter Three: De Corpore and the Mathematics of MaterialismChapter Four: Disputed FoundationsHobbes vs. Wallis on the Philosophy of MathematicsChapter Five: The "Modern Analytics" and the Nature of DemonstrationChapter Six: The Demise of Hobbesian GeometryChapter Seven: The Religion, Rhetoric, and Politics of Mr. Hobbes and Dr. WallisChapter Eight: Persistence in ErrorWhy Was Hobbes So Resolutely Wrong?Appendix: Selections from (...)
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  10. Berkeley's Philosophy of Mathematics.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):927-928.
     
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  11. Leibniz on The Elimination of Infinitesimals.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2015 - In David Rabouin, Philip Beeley & Norma B. Goethe (eds.), G.W. Leibniz, Interrelations Between Mathematics and Philosophy. Springer Verlag.
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    Hobbes's atheism.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2002 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 26 (1):(2002), 140–166.
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    Truth in Fiction: Origins and Consequences of Leibniz’s Doctrine of Infinitesimal Magnitudes.Douglas Jesseph - 2008 - In Douglas Jesseph & Ursula Goldenbaum (eds.), Infinitesimal Differences: Controversies Between Leibniz and His Contemporaries. Walter de Gruyter.
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    De Motu and the Analyst: A Modern Edition, with Introductions and Commentary.George Berkeley & Douglas Michael Jesseph - 1991 - Springer.
    Berkeley's philosophy has been much studied and discussed over the years, and a growing number of scholars have come to the realization that scientific and mathematical writings are an essential part of his philosophical enterprise. The aim of this volume is to present Berkeley's two most important scientific texts in a form which meets contemporary standards of scholarship while rendering them accessible to the modern reader. Although editions of both are contained in the fourth volume of the Works, these lack (...)
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  15. Leibniz on the Foundations of the Calculus: The Question of the Reality of Infinitesimal Magnitudes.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 1998 - Perspectives on Science 6 (1):6-40.
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    Logic and demonstrative knowledge.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2013 - In Peter R. Anstey (ed.), The Oxford handbook of British philosophy in the seventeenth century. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. pp. 373--90.
    This chapter examines the views of seventeenth-century British philosophers on the notion of logic and demonstrative knowledge, particularly Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, offering an overview of traditional Aristotelianism in relation to logic and describing Bacon's approach to demonstration and logic. It also analyzes the contribution of the Cambridge Platonists and evaluates the influence of Cartesianism. The chapter concludes that theorizing about logic and demonstrative knowledge followed an arc familiar from other branches of philosophy such as metaphysics or (...)
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    Of analytics and indivisibles: Hobbes on the methods of modem mathematics.Douglas Jesseph - 1993 - Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 46 (2):153-193.
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    A manifesto.Warren Schmaus, Ullica Segerstrale & Douglas Jesseph - 1992 - Social Epistemology 6 (3):243-265.
  19. Galileo, Hobbes, and the book of nature.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 2004 - Perspectives on Science 12 (2):191-211.
    : This paper investigates the influence of Galileo's natural philosophy on the philosophical and methodological doctrines of Thomas Hobbes. In particular, I argue that what Hobbes took away from his encounter with Galileo was the fundamental idea that the world is a mechanical system in which everything can be understood in terms of mathematically-specifiable laws of motion. After tracing the history of Hobbes's encounters with Galilean science (through the "Welbeck group" connected with William Cavendish, earl of Newcastle and the "Mersenne (...)
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    Indivisibilia Vera – How Leibniz Came to Love Mathematics.Douglas Jesseph & Ursula Goldenbaum - 2008 - In Douglas Jesseph & Ursula Goldenbaum (eds.), Infinitesimal Differences: Controversies Between Leibniz and His Contemporaries. Walter de Gruyter.
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    Hobbes and Mathematical Method.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1993 - Perspectives on Science 1 (1993):306-341.
    This article examines Hobbes’s conception of mathematical method, situating his methodological writings in the context of disputed mathematical issues of the seventeenth century. After a brief exposition of the Hobbesian philosophy of mathematics, it investigates Hobbes’s attempts to resolve three important mathematical controversies of the seventeenth century: the debates over the status of analytic geometry, disputes over the nature of ratios, and the problem of the “angle of contact” between a curve and tangent. In the course of these investigations, Hobbes’s (...)
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    Historical Dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy.Roger Ariew, Dennis Des Chene, Douglas Michael Jesseph, Tad M. Schmaltz & Theo Verbeek - 2003 - Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. Edited by Dennis Des Chene, Douglas Michael Jesseph, Tad M. Schmaltz & Theo Verbeek.
    This is a dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian philosophy, primarily covering philosophy in the 17th century, with a chronology and biography of Descartes's life and times and a bibliography of primary and secondary works related to Descartes and to Cartesians.
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    Geometry, Religion and Politics: Context and Consequences of the Hobbes–Wallis Dispute.Douglas Jesseph - 2018 - Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 72 (4).
    The dispute that raged between Thomas Hobbes and John Wallis from 1655 until Hobbes's death in 1679 was one of the most intense of the ‘battles of the books’ in seventeenth-century intellectual life. The dispute was principally centered on geometric questions, but it also involved questions of religion and politics. This paper investigates the origins of the dispute and argues that Wallis’s primary motivation was not so much to refute Hobbes’s geometry as to demolish his reputation as an authority in (...)
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  24. Berkeley, God, and Explanation.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2005 - In Christia Mercer (ed.), Early Modern Philosophy: Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
    This paper analyzes Berkeley's arguments for the existence of God in the Principles of Human Knowledge, Three Dialogues, and Alciphron. Where most scholarship has interpreted Berkeley as offering three quite distinct attempted proofs of God's existence, I argue that these are all variations on the strategy of inference to the best explanation. I also consider how this reading of Berkeley connects his conception of God to his views about causation and explanation.
     
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    G.W. Leibniz, Interrelations Between Mathematics and Philosophy.Douglas M. Jesseph (ed.) - 2015 - Springer Verlag.
    Early in his mathematical career Leibniz discovered some important methods and results but had to recognize that his findings had been anticipated by other mathematicians such as Pierre de Fermat, James Gregory, Isaac Newton, François Regnauld, John Wallis, etc. This paper investigates the cases of Isaac Barrow and Pietro Mengoli who, earlier than Leibniz, had been familiar with the characteristic triangle, transmutations methods, the inverse connection between determining tangents and areas of curves or the sums of the reciprocal figurate numbers, (...)
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  26. Of the association for symbolic logic.Janet Folina, Douglas Jesseph, Dirk Schlimm, Emily Grosholz, Kenneth Manders, Sun-Joo Shin, Saul Kripke & William Ewald - 2009 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 15 (2):229.
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    The Marriott Hotel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 27–30, 2008.Janet Folina, Douglas Jesseph, Dirk Schlimm, Emily Grosholz, Kenneth Manders, Sun-Joo Shin, Saul Kripke & William Ewald - 2009 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 15 (2).
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    Words of welcome to our new allies.Warren Schmaus, Ullica Segerstrale & Douglas Jesseph - 1992 - Social Epistemology 6 (3):315 – 320.
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    The a to Z of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy.Roger Ariew, Dennis Des Chene, Douglas M. Jesseph, Tad M. Schmaltz & Theo Verbeek - 2010 - Scarecrow Press.
    The A to Z of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy includes a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and cross-reference dictionary entries Descartes's writings, concepts, and findings, as well as entries on those who supported him, those who criticized him, those who corrected him, and those who together formed one of the major movements in philosophy, Cartesianism.
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    Berkeley’s Philosophy of Geometry.Douglas Jesseph - 1990 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 72 (3):301-332.
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    Berkeley’s World: An Examination of the Three Dialogues.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2004 - Philosophical Review 113 (4):571-574.
    This is a puzzling book. On the one hand, Stoneham insists that “we cannot appreciate the contributions made by philosophers like Berkeley without coming to terms with the full breadth and detail of his thought”. On the other hand, his interpretive efforts are directed almost exclusively at the Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous—a work Berkeley intended as a popular recasting of his doctrines and one that scholars generally regard as conspicuously lacking the “full breadth and detail” of his philosophy. (...)
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    De Corpore.Douglas Jesseph - 2017 - Hobbes Studies 30 (1):1-3.
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    Descartes, Pascal, and the epistemology of mathematics: The case of the cycloid.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 2007 - Perspectives on Science 15 (4):410-433.
    This paper deals with the very different attitudes that Descartes and Pascal had to the cycloid—the curve traced by the motion of a point on the periphery of a circle as the circle rolls across a right line. Descartes insisted that such a curve was merely mechanical and not truly geometric, and so was of no real mathematical interest. He nevertheless responded to enquiries from Mersenne, who posed the problems of determining its area and constructing its tangent. Pascal, in contrast, (...)
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    Elements de la geometrie de l'infini. Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1996 - Isis 87 (3):549-550.
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  35. Faith and fluxions : Berkeley on theology and mathematics.Douglas Jesseph - 2008 - In Stephen Hartley Daniel (ed.), New Interpretations of Berkeley's Thought. Humanity Books.
  36. G.W. Leibniz, Interrelations Between Mathematics and Philosophy.Douglas M. Jesseph (ed.) - 2015 - Springer Verlag.
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    Hobbesian Mathematics and the Dispute with Wallis.Douglas Jesseph - 2021 - In Marcus P. Adams (ed.), A Companion to Hobbes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 57–74.
    This chapter provides an overview of Thomas Hobbes's materialistic philosophy of mathematics. Hobbes's mathematical ontology rejects the seventeenth century's received view of the subject and his proposed first principles departed quite significantly from the tradition. Hobbes's understanding of geometry as a generalized science of material bodies puts him at odds with the traditional notion that the objects of geometrical investigation are radically distinct from the realm of material things. Hobbes's methodology holds that demonstrative knowledge must be based on definitions that (...)
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    Hobbes oggi. Andrea NapoliThomas Hobbes: Philosophie premiere, theorie de la science et politique. Yves Charles Zarka, Jean Bernhardt.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1992 - Isis 83 (2):320-322.
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    Hobbes on the Ratios of Motions and Magnitudes.Douglas Jesseph - 2017 - Hobbes Studies 30 (1):58-82.
    Hobbes intended and expected De Corpore to secure his place among the foremost mathematicians of his era. This is evident from the content of Part III of the work, which contains putative solutions to the most eagerly sought mathematical results of the seventeenth century. It is well known that Hobbes failed abysmally in his attempts to solve problems of this sort, but it is not generally understood that the mathematics of De Corpore is closely connected with the work of some (...)
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    Hobbes, the Scriblerians and the History of Philosophy by Conal Condren.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2014 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (3):614-615.
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    Introduction.Douglas Jesseph & Ursula Goldenbaum - 2008 - In Douglas Jesseph & Ursula Goldenbaum (eds.), Infinitesimal Differences: Controversies Between Leibniz and His Contemporaries. Walter de Gruyter.
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    Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography.Douglas Jesseph - 2010 - Intellectual History Review 20 (2):281-284.
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    La Contre-Réforme mathématique: Constitution et diffusion d'une culture mathématique Jésuite à la Renaissance . Antonella Romano.Douglas M. Jesseph - 2001 - Isis 92 (2):386-387.
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    Machines, mechanism, and the development of mechanics: Contemporary understandings.Douglas Jesseph - 2010 - Perspectives on Science 18 (1):pp. 98-112.
  45. Optics, first philosophy, and natural philosophy in Hobbes and Descartes.Douglas Jesseph - 2019 - In Steven Nadler, Tad M. Schmaltz & Delphine Antoine-Mahut (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
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    Philosophical Theory and Mathematical Practice in the Seventeenth Century.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1989 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 20 (2):215.
    It is argued that, contrary to the standard accounts of the development of infinitesimal mathematics, the leading mathematicians of the seventeenth century were deeply concerned with the rigor of their methods. examples are taken from the work of cavalieri and leibniz, with further material drawn from guldin, barrow, and wallis.
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    Rigorous proof and the history of mathematics: Comments on Crowe.Douglas Jesseph - 1990 - Synthese 83 (3):449 - 453.
    Duhem's portrayal of the history of mathematics as manifesting calm and regular development is traced to his conception of mathematical rigor as an essentially static concept. This account is undermined by citing controversies over rigorous demonstration from the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.
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  48. Ratios, quotients, and the language of nature.Douglas Jesseph - 2016 - In Geoffrey Gorham (ed.), The Language of Nature: Reassessing the Mathematization of Natural Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
     
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    The decline and fall of Hobbesian geometry.Douglas M. Jesseph - 1999 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 30 (3):425-453.
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    Berkeley’s World. [REVIEW]Douglas M. Jesseph - 2004 - Philosophical Review 113 (4):571-574.
    This is a puzzling book. On the one hand, Stoneham insists that “we cannot appreciate the contributions made by philosophers like Berkeley without coming to terms with the full breadth and detail of his thought”. On the other hand, his interpretive efforts are directed almost exclusively at the Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous—a work Berkeley intended as a popular recasting of his doctrines and one that scholars generally regard as conspicuously lacking the “full breadth and detail” of his philosophy. (...)
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