Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls

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The essays in this volume offer an approach to the history of moral and political philosophy that takes its inspiration from John Rawls. All the contributors are philosophers who have studied with Rawls and they offer this collection in his honor. The distinctive feature of this approach is to address substantive normative questions in moral and political philosophy through an analysis of the texts and theories of major figures in the history of the subject: Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, and Marx. By reconstructing the core of these theories in a way that is informed by contemporary theoretical and practical concerns, the contributors show how the history of the subject is a resource for understanding present and perennial problems in moral and political philosophy. This collection will be of particular interest to moral and political philosophers, political theorists, historians of philosophy, and historians of ideas.
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"...a rich and...thought-provoking collection." Susan Dwyer, Philosophy in Review

"This book fulfills its promise to reclaim the history of ethics. Each of the essays throws light on the present and, directly or indirectly, on Rawls's thinking." Charles Kelbley, International Philosophical Quarterly

"...offers an impressive picture of the flourishing end-of-millennium Harvard-trained writing in the history of moral philsophy." Martino Traxler, Review of Metaphysics

"This is a first-rate collection whose publication should spur Rawls to publish his own writing on the history of philosophy, which have been circulating as samizdats for many years now." Daniel M. Weinstock, Canadian Journal of Political Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521063500
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Aristotle on the Soul's Conflicts: Toward an Understanding of Virtue Ethics 7
Coercion, Ideology, and Education in Hobbes's Leviathan 36
The Hobbesian Side of Hume 66
The Natural Goodness of Humanity 102
Metaphysics, Philosophy: Rousseau on the Problem of Evil 140
Within the Limits of Reason 170
A Cosmopolitan Kingdom of Ends 187
Legislating for a Realm of Ends: The Social Dimension of Autonomy 214
Kant on the Objectivity of the Moral Law 240
Kantian Virtue: Priggish or Passional? 270
Taking the Law into Our Own Hands: Kant on the Right to Revolution 297
Kant on Aesthetic and Biological Purposiveness 329
Kant on Ends and the Meaning of Life 361
Community and Completion 388
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