The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards

From His Private Notebook

By Jonathan Edwards

Edited by Harvey G. Townsend

The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards

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  • ISBN: 9781606084472
  • Pages: 270
  • Publication Date: 5/4/2009
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
Web Price: $20.80

The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards

From His Private Notebook

By Jonathan Edwards

Edited by Harvey G. Townsend

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  • ISBN: 9781606084472
  • Pages: 270
  • Publication Date: 5/4/2009
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80

About-

Originally published posthumously in 1955, Harvey G. Townsend's Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards reprinted some of Edwards' most important early compositions on natural philosophy, "Of Being" and "The Mind," and collected nearly two hundred "Miscellanies" entries, some of them published here for the first time. In his introduction, Townsend points to Edwards' "radical idealism" that derived from Christian Platonism and John Locke rather than George Berkeley, as commonly thought. Townsend's work represents an important sourcebook for Edwards' writings, and his introduction presents a clear picture of mainstream Edwards scholarship at the middle of the twentieth century.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"A generation before the Yale edition of Edwards' works was completed,
Harvey Townsend put together some of the most important entries in the
'Miscellanies' notebooks, arranged thematically, together with Edwards'
early works 'Of Being' and 'The Mind'. This volume represents an important
resource for those interested in Edwards' philosophy, that has long been out of print. Its reissue is a valuable contribution to the Edwards
Classic Studies Series."

Oliver D. Crisp, University of Bristol, UK


"This compendium of Edwards' purely philosophical writings, unalloyed by theological controversy or polemical intent, enables us to trace the line of Edwards' ongoing philosophical development. Townsend gives us Edwards the metaphysician (and as such, according to him, is Edwards' chief claim on our attention), whose inspiration lies in the natural philosophy of Newton, the moral philosophy of Locke, and the speculations of the Cambridge Platonists."

Richard A.S. Hall
University of North Carolina, Fayettville

Contributors-

Jonathan Edwards
Harvey G. Townsend

Bio(s)-

Harvey G. Townsend (1885-1948), who received his doctorate from Cornell University, was a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon, Eugene. His other books included The Principle of Individuality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hill Green (1914), Philosophical Ideas in the United States (1934), and On the History of Philosophy (1946).

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