The British Moralists on Human Nature and the Birth of Secular Ethics

The British Moralists on Human Nature and the Birth of Secular Ethics

by Michael B. Gill
     
 

This 2006 volume uncovers the historical roots of naturalistic, secular contemporary ethics.See more details below

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This 2006 volume uncovers the historical roots of naturalistic, secular contemporary ethics.

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ISBN-13:
9780521852463
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Gill is assistant professor at the University of Arizona. He has written on the history of ethics, contemporary meta-ethics, and biomedical ethics, and has contributed to The Journal of the History of Philosophy, Hume Studies, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, among other publications.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Whichcote and cudworth: 1. The negative answer of English Calvinism; 2. Whichcote and Cudworth's positive answer; 3 Whichcote and Cudworth on religious liberty; 4. Rationalism, sentimentalism, and Ralph Cudworth; 5. The emergence of non-Christian ethics; Part II. Shaftesbury: 6. Shaftesbury and the Cambridge Platonists; 7. Shaftesbury's Inquiry: a misanthropic faith in human nature; 8. The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody; 9. A philosophical faultline; Part III. Hutcheson: 10. Early influences on Francis Hutcheson; 11. Hutcheson's attack on egoism; 12. Hutcheson's attack on moral rationalism; 13. A Copernican positive answer, an attenuated moral realism; 14. Explaining away vice; Part IV. Hume: 15. David Hume's new 'science of man'; 16. Hume's arguments against moral rationalism; 17. Hume's associative moral sentiments; 18. Hume's progressive view of human nature; 19. Comparison and contingency in Hume's moral account; 20. What is a Humean account, and what difference does it make?

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