SAMUEL C. RICKLESS

 
 
 

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My work focuses mostly on topics in early modern philosophy (particularly Locke, Berkeley, and Hume), ancient philosophy (particularly Plato), ethics, and law.  Recent work includes a book on George Berkeley’s argument for idealism (for details, see below), a forthcoming book on John Locke’s philosophy (in Blackwell’s Great Minds Series), and articles on the following topics: will and motivation in seventeenth century British philosophy (focusing on Bramhall, Hobbes, Cudworth, and Locke); seventeenth century accounts of the qualities of bodies; Locke’s account of sensitive knowledge; Locke’s account of the nature of persons; a reconstruction of Berkeley’s argument for the existence of God; Hume’s theory of the passions (particularly pity and malice); (i) a defense of a non-classical version of the doctrine of double effect, along with (ii) a criticism of classical versions of the doctrine, and (iii) a defense of the relevance of intention to the criminal law (with Dana Kay Nelkin); an investigation of the question whether citizens of wealthy countries enable harm to the global poor; and a refutation of epistemic contrastivism. 


I am the editor for the History:Modern section of Blackwell Philosophy Compass.



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Berkeley’s Argument for Idealism (Oxford University Press, 2013) is now available.  See here and here.


Locke (Blackwell Great Minds Series, 2014), should be out in April or May 2014. See here and here.

 
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