Eighteenth-Century Resources — Philosophy

This page, edited by Jack Lynch of Rutgers – Newark, is part of the larger collection of Eighteenth-Century Resources on the Net.

Philosophy

General Philosophy Resources

Calls for Papers in Philosophy (Lorenzo Cuna, Italy)
A current list.
Philosopher's Guide (Bjorn Christensson, Aachen)
An impressive site, including information on Berkeley, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, and Rousseau. Capsule biographies and links to other Internet philosophy sites and E-texts.
17th & 18th Century Women Philosophers (Peter Suber, Earlham College)
Bibliographies and brief notes on Mary Astell, Catherine Macaulay, Judith Sargent Murray, Mary Wollstonecraft, and others. No annotations.
Great Voyages: The History of Western Philosophy, 1492 to 1776 (Bill Uzgalis, Oregon State)
"This web site is intended for anyone interested in the stars and marvels of the history of philosophy from the 16th through the 18th century." Timelines, brief discussions of philosophers (Arnauld, Pascal, Malebranche, Bayle, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Chatelet-Laumont, Rousseau, Hobbes, Cavendish, Conway, Locke, Masham, Astell, Cockburne, Berkeley, Hume, Wollstonecraft, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant).
Philosophy Pages (Garth Kemerling)
A good philosophy meta-page, with a timeline to point to many 18th-c. philosophers, including Boyle, Fermat, Pascal, Malebranche, Spinoza, Bayle, Locke, Shaftesbury, Toland, Berkeley, Vico, Mandeville, Hume, Hartley, La Mettrie, Montesquieu, Condillac, Voltaire, Rousseau, d'Alembert, d'Holbach, Burke, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Lessing, Kant, Schiller, Staël, Fichte, Gauss, Malthus, Smith, Schelegel, and Hegel. Short biographies, very select bibliographies (including mentions of standard editions), and selected Internet sites.
La Lettre Clandestine
Newsletter on the eighteenth-century philosophes, in French.
Clandestine E-Texts (Gianluca Mori)
Library of electronic philosophical texts by Voltaire, Fontenelle, and others.
Images of 17th- and 18th-century philosophers (Ron Bombardi, Middle Tennessee State Univ.)
A few low-resolution portraits; part of Studia Spinoziana (below).
Le problème du fatalisme au siècle des Lumières (Christophe Paillard, Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3)
Selections from a scholarly research project on fatalism in 18th-c. French literature.
Pathways to Philosophy Distance Learning Program
A portal site, rich in links to philosophical sites.
Early Modern Texts (Jonathan F. Bennett)
PDF files of the works of early modern philosophers, parapharsed for clarity, with interspersed commentary. Handy for newcomers to early modern philosophy.
The Mind is a Metaphor: A Database of Eighteenth-Century Metaphors of Mind (Brad Pasanek)
A searchable database of thousands of metaphors used to describe the mind in 18th-c. philosophy.

Philosophers

Pierre Bayle

The Pierre Bayle Home Page (Gianluca Mori, Italy)
A good overview of Bayle's life and works. Includes primary and secondary bibliographies, a capsule biography, and a monochrome portrait (GIF). In English, French, and Italian.
Pierre Bayle Instituut (Netherlands)
Information on the Institute, including a brief biography of Bayle and the members of the Institute, including their publications. In Dutch, with selected pages in English and French.

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy's Labyrinth: A Bentham Hypertext (Texas)
A "hyper-text made up out of portions of Bentham's work, together with lecture notes on Bentham."

George Berkeley

International Berkeley Society
Information on the Society, with links to other sites on George Berkeley.
George Berkeley (1685-1753) (David R. Wilkins, Trinity College Dublin)
Biography, bibliography, original essays, and links on Berkeley, as part of a history of mathematics archive. Very impressive.
The Berkeley Newsletter (Bertil Belfrage)
Information on the newly reconstituted newsletter, with issues on-line.

William Godwin

William Godwin (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Long and informative encyclopedia entry, including a very fine bibliography.
Godwin Archive (Anarchy Archives)
Useful for several biographical sketches, a chronology, primary and secondary bibliographies, E-texts (including the whole text of William Godwin: His Friends and Contemporaries), and images.

David Hume

The Hume Society
Information on the society, including calls for papers.
A monograph-length bibliography (in Adobe .PDF format) of Hume's works, both in early editions and in modern scholarly editions, along with hundreds of roughly contemporary reactions. Extraordinarily scholarly.
Ty's David Hume Homepage (D. Tycerium Lightner)
Overview of Hume resources on the Web, along with links to in-print books by and about Hume at amazon.com. Like all Geocities sites, irritatingly commercial.

Immanuel Kant

Kant on the Web (Stephen Palmquist, Hong Kong)
Electronic texts (in German and English), on-line criticism, links, lexical aids, and images. Very well done.

John Locke

John Locke Bibliography Home Page (John C. Attig, Penn State)
Impressive and extensive bibliography of secondary works on Locke, complementing The Locke Newsletter.

Joseph de Maistre

Joseph de Maistre Homepage (Richard LeBrun, St. Paul's College, Univ. of Manitoba)
"A repository of electronic texts by and about the Counter-Enlightenment theorist and writer." Brief biography, bibliographies, and E-texts. Impressive.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean Jacques Rousseau Association (Wabash)
Brief biography, primary bibliography, portraits, music (RealAudio), and links.

Baruch (or Benedict) Spinoza

Studia Spinoziana (Ron Bombardi, MTSU)
E-texts and links to other relevant Internet sites.
A Dedication to Spinoza's Insights (Joseph B. Yesselman)
A curious meditation on Spinoza's works, with commentaries and some texts.

François Vincent Toussaint

François Vincent Toussaint, Author of Les Mœurs (1748)
Includes a thorough bibliography of editions of the important work of philosophy.

Voltaire

Voltaire Foundation (Oxford)
Extensive information on the Foundation and its publications and events.
The Voltaire Society of America (Chicago)
Information on the Society.
Voltaire philosophe
An impressive site on Voltaire's life and works. A good place to start.
Voltaire's Page (F. DeVenuto)
Biography, a few short essays, and several E-texts. Unscholarly but handy.
See also Literature and Religion & Theology.