Invention of Autonomy A History of Modern Moral Philosophy

ISBN-10: 052147938X
ISBN-13: 9780521479387
Edition: 1998
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Description: This is the most comprehensive study yet written on the history of moral philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its aim is to put Kant's ethics into historical context by showing in detail what he felt were the main questions in moral philosophy.

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/13/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 650
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

This is the most comprehensive study yet written on the history of moral philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its aim is to put Kant's ethics into historical context by showing in detail what he felt were the main questions in moral philosophy.

J. B. Schneewindis a professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author ofSidgwick’s Ethics and Victorian Moral PhilosophyandThe Invention of Autonomy.

Introduction
Themes in the history of modern moral philosophy
The Rise and Fall of Modern Natural Law
Natural law: from intellectualism to voluntarism
Setting religion aside: republicanism and skepticism
Natural law restated: Suarez and Grotius
Grotianism at the limit: Hobbes
A morality of love: Cumberland
The central synthesis: Pufendorf
The collapse of modern natural law: Locke and Thomasius
Perfectionism and Rationality
Origins of modern perfectionism
Paths to God. I: The Cambridge platonists
Paths to God. II: Spinoza and Malebranche
Leibniz: Counterrevolutionary perfectionism
Toward a World on its Own
Morality without salvation
The recovery of virtue
The austerity of morals: Clarke and Mandeville
The limits of love: Hutcheson and Butler
Hume: virtue naturalized
Against a fatherless world
The noble effects of self-love
Autonomy and Divine Order
Perfection and will: Wolff and Crusius
Religion, morality, and reform
The invention of autonomy
Kant in the history of moral philosophy
Epilogue
Pythagoras, Socrates, and Kant: understanding the history of moral philosophy
Bibliographies
Sources
Commentary

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