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Reasons Children: Childhood in Early Modern Philosophy Anthony Krupp

Reasons Children: Childhood in Early Modern Philosophy

Anthony Krupp

Published February 1st 2009
ISBN : 9781611483161
Hardcover
261 pages
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We still know little of childhood in early modern European thought. By reconstructing philosophies of childhood in the works of rationalists not known to have reflected upon children, Reasons Children expands our understanding of philosophicalMoreWe still know little of childhood in early modern European thought. By reconstructing philosophies of childhood in the works of rationalists not known to have reflected upon children, Reasons Children expands our understanding of philosophical reflection on childhood in early modern Europe. Central aspects of early modern philosophical systems Descartess prejudice and method, Leibnizs divine justice, Wolff s rationality, Baumgartens aesthetic cognition are reexamined in light of the peripheral status of childhood in their works. Furthermore, Krupp carefully examines the various children of Lockes Essay, most of whom have been neglected in histories of childhood. Beyond illustrating the blank slate thesis, Lockes children play other significant roles as well: as not-yet persons, as deficient speakers, and as changelings. The absence of Lockes actual statements concerning children from the intellectual history of childhood is a wrong that here finds some redress. This erudite and valuable work of scholarship examines concepts of childhood in European thought between 1630-1750 and aims to bring the topic of childhood to the attention of historians of philosophy while also contributing, historically and philosophically, to the newly burgeoning field of Childhood Studies.