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Mary Shepherd

A Guide

Deborah Boyle

21 February 2023

ISBN: 9780190090333

336 pages

In Stock

Price: £19.99



While they were well received in her day, Scottish philosopher Lady Mary Shepherd's insightful philosophical writings have been neglected for some 150 years and are only now receiving the scholarly attention they deserve. Mary Shepherd: A Guide by Deborah Boyle, part of the Oxford Guides to Philosophy series, navigates students of philosophy or general readers through two of Shepherd's most significant works.

  • Presents one of the first comprehensive surveys of Mary Shepherd's philosophical system by examining her books published in 1824 and 1827
  • Offers a guide to other relevant secondary literature for readers who might be interested in knowing more
  • For readers who find Mary Shepherd's writing style and highly condensed arguments difficult to follow, the author defines the philosopher's idiosyncratic philosophical terms

About the Author(s)

Deborah Boyle, Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston in South Carolina

Deborah Boyle is Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She is the author of The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish (Oxford University Press, 2018), among other titles. She has published articles and book chapters on Cavendish, Shepherd, Elizabeth Hamilton, Anne Conway, Mary Astell, Descartes, and Hume. She is also the editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Shepherd's Life and Context
    Chapter 2 Causation
    Chapter 3 Induction, Objects, and the Uniformity of Nature
    Chapter 4 Causation, Sentience, and Life
    Chapter 5 Sensing and Reasoning
    Chapter 6 The External World
    Chapter 7 Skepticism and Idealism
    Chapter 8 Mind and Body
    Chapter 9 Religion
    Chapter 10 Vision
    Glossary of Terms