SYTSMA, D. S.,
Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers.
Oxford University Press, 2017. 352p. Hardback. Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology. It is fairly obvious that Sytsma's book will set both the standard and the agenda for Baxter scholarship for many years to come. But its importance lies in more than that. It can be profitably read not just by those antecedently interested in Baxter. Scholars concerned with Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Ralph Cudworth, Descartes, Gassendi, Hobbes, Gottfried Leibniz, John Locke, More, or any number of other figures will surely benefit from learning about Baxter and comparing and contrasting him with their philosopher of special interest. More generally, the book is valuable because it provides us with the opportunity to challenge some widely held preconceptions and to see and think about early modern philosophy in a different way. For this, as much as anything, we should be grateful to Sytsma. Patrick J. Connolly, Locke Studies |a 31/10/2019 (Publisher's information).