The British Moralists and the Internal 'Ought': 1640-1740 / Edition 1

The British Moralists and the Internal 'Ought': 1640-1740 / Edition 1

by Stephen Darwall, Stephen L. Darwall, Darwall Stephen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521457823

ISBN-13: 9780521457828

Pub. Date: 04/28/1995

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a major work in the history of ethics, and provides the first study of early modern British philosophy in several decades. Professor Darwall discerns two distinct traditions feeding into the moral philosophy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On the one hand, there is the empirical, naturalist tradition, comprising Hobbes, Locke, Cumberland,…  See more details below

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This book is a major work in the history of ethics, and provides the first study of early modern British philosophy in several decades. Professor Darwall discerns two distinct traditions feeding into the moral philosophy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On the one hand, there is the empirical, naturalist tradition, comprising Hobbes, Locke, Cumberland, Hutcheson, and Hume, which argues that obligation is the practical force that empirical discoveries acquire in the process of deliberation. On the other hand, there is the group including Cudworth, Shaftesbury, Butler, and in some moments Locke, which views obligation as inconceivable without autonomy and which seeks to develop a theory of the will as self-determining.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521457828
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. The British moralists: inventing internalism; 2. Culverwell and Locke: classical and modern natural law; 3. Hobbes: ethics as 'consequences from the passions of men'; 4. Cumberland: obligation naturalised; 5. Cudworth: obligation and self-determining moral agency; 6. Locke: autonomy and obligation in the revised Essay; 7. Shaftesbury: authority and authorship; 8. Huteson: moral sentiment and calm desire; 9. Butler: conscience as self-authorising; 10. Hume: norms and the obligation to be just; 11. Concluding reflections.

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