The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is the most comprehensive study ever written of the history of moral philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Its aim is to set Kant's still influential ethics in its historical context by showing in detail what the central questions in moral philosophy were for him and how he arrived at his own distinctive ethical views. In its range, its analyses of many philosophers not usually considered in histories of ethics, and its discussions of the interweaving of religious and political concerns with moral philosophy, this is an unprecedented account of the developments that led up to Kant's ethics. Extensive quotations allow the reader to understand the philosophy through the vocabularies that the philosophers themselves used.
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"The Invention of Autonomy is a remarkable work." New Series

"The author successfully aims at clarity, accuracy, and conciseness in telling the history as it was understood by those who made it -- in their own words and with a full conciousness of the religious and sociopolitical contexts. As a contribution to scholarship, Schneewind's book brings together a great deal of material from many sources. Its encylclopedic character makes it primarirly useful as a work of reference for specialists -- both professors and graduate students -- in modern ethical theory and the history of modern philosophy." John A. Gueguen, Perspectives on Political Science

"The author successfully aims at clarity, accuracy, and conciseness in telling the history as it was understood by those who made it -- in their own words and with a full conciousness of the religious and sociopolitical contexts. As a contribution to scholarship, Schneewind's book brings together a great deal of material from many sources. Its encylclopedic character makes it primarirly useful as a work of reference for specialists -- both professors and graduate students -- in modern ethical theory and the history of modern philosophy." John A. Gueguen, Perspectives on Political Science

"...this book is a major scholarly achievement." Terence Penelhum, Ethics

"The book is in part appropriate for upper-level undergraduate courses concerned with the history of ethics and practical philosophy, including aspects of political philosophy....scholars will find it to offer a strong antidote to anachronistic interpretation from the limited perspective of twentieth century ethics. Schneewind's scholarship is uniformly of the very highest caliber. Schneewind shows what can be done by someone with complete command over the currents of an entire epoch." Review of Metaphysics

"This book is valuable in a great many ways...Schneewind has done a remarkable job of placing Kant in the context of historical issues...This is among the very most complete and insightful histories of ethics available today." Ethics and Medicine

"The book is in part appropriate for upper-level undergraduate courses concerned with the history of ethics and practical philosophy, including aspects of political philosophy....scholars will find it to offer a strong antidote to anachronistic interpretation from the limited perspective of twentieth century ethics. Schneewind's scholarship is uniformly of the very highest caliber. Schneewind shows what can be done by someone with complete command over the currents of an entire epoch." Review of Metaphysics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521479387
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,427,745
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A note on references and abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Themes in the history of modern moral philosophy 3
Pt. I The rise and fall of modern natural law 15
2 Natural law: From intellectualism to voluntarism 17
3 Setting religion aside: Republicanism and skepticism 37
4 Natural law restated: Suarez and Grotius 58
5 Grotianism and the limit: Hobbes 82
6 A morality of love: Cumberland 101
7 The central synthesis: Pufendorf 118
8 The collapse of modern natural law: Locke and Thomasius 141
Pt. II Perfectionism and rationality 167
9 Origins of modern perfectionism 169
10 Paths and God: I. The Cambridge Platonists 194
11 Paths to God: II. Spinoza and Malebranche 215
12 Leibniz: Counterrevolutionary perfectionism 236
Pt. III Toward a world of its own 261
13 Morality without salvation 263
14 The recovery of virtue 285
15 The austerity of morals: Clarke and Mandeville 310
16 The limits of love: Hutcheson and Butler 330
17 Hume: Virtue naturalized 354
18 Against a fatherless world 378
19 The noble effects of self-love 404
Pt. IV Autonomy and divine order 429
20 Perfection and will: Wolff and Crusius 431
21 Religion, morality, and reform 457
22 The invention of autonomy 483
23 Kant in the history of moral philosophy 508
Epilogue 531
24 Pythagoras, Socrates, and Kant: Understanding the history of moral philosophy 533
Bibliography 555
Index of names 593
Index of subjects 612
Index of biblical citations 624
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