Part of the Blackwell Readings in the History of Philosophy series, this survey of late modern philosophy focuses on the key texts and philosophers of the period whose beliefs changed the course of western thought. * Gathers together the key texts from the most significant and influential philosophers of the late modern era to provide a thorough introduction to the period. * Features the writings of Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Leibniz, Kant, Rousseau, Bentham and other leading thinkers. * Examines such topics as empiricism, rationalism, and the existence of God. * Readings are accompanied by expert commentary from the editors, who are leading scholars in the field.