The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives

2014.11.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Watkins (ed.), The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives, Oxford University Press,
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2014.11.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Watkins (ed.), The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 2013, 240pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199934409. Reviewed by John Whipple, University of Illinois at Chicago In this collection of specially commissioned essays, Eric Watkins brings together an all-star cast of historians of philosophy, and the results do not disappoint. It is a very fine collection, indeed. The essays are strong considered individually, and they also contribute to a compelling general theme. The theme revolves around the notion of order in its various manifestations -- natural, moral, human, and divine. Watkins suggests -- and the papers in the volume amply demonstrate -- that by focusing on the different forms of order and their relations, a promising narrative can be constructed for understanding the developments in Western philosophy during the modern period.. . .

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