Volume 40, Number 2, 2014, pp. 301304 Udo Thiel. The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. 498, ISBN 978-019-954249-9, Hardback, $115.00. This monograph is an important book for anyone interested in the topic of consciousness and personal identity in early modern thought. It offers a rich overview of the vast array of writers reflecting on seventeenth- and eighteenthcentury conceptions of persons, their responsibilities, the issue of immortality, and the development of an account of consciousness based on the way in which minds relate to their own thoughts and feelings. It traces the lines of influence from the scholastic background to Descartes and through French, Scottish, and German debates on consciousness and personhood. The book thus represents an impressive attempt at offering a complete account of the different ideas that were passed around and developed in Britain and on the Continent during the early modern period, and a sequel to this monograph focused on the second half of the eighteenth century is forthcoming. In its breadth and aspiration to include a great range of less commonly read figures, this book serves as an invaluable resource for specialized
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