I was speaking to one of the editors at Hackett, Rick Todhunter, the other day about their early modern philosophy catalogue. He asked what early modern texts I thought were most in need of teaching editions. By ‘teaching editions’ I mean, of course, slim, low priced books, usually containing excerpts of primary texts in English translation, that can be used in teaching early modern philosophy to undergrads. Contrast such books with the critical, scholarly editions, which are usually complete, not excerpted, contain scholarly apparatuses, and so on. One cannot teach early modern philosophy to undergrads with Noel Malcolm’s Leviathan, for example!
My suggestion to him was Margaret Cavendish’s Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy, which has a great critical edition, but no teaching edition. I’d love to see a reasonably priced, edited version of that text so that I could teach with it.
So, Mod Sqaudders, for what other texts would you like to see Hackett (or someone) publish teaching editions? The publishers are listening!