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Moral Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Moral Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain
God, Self, and Other

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  • Publication planned for: January 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421096

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  • The long eighteenth century is a crucial period in the history of ethics, when our moral relations to God, ourselves and others were minutely examined and our duties, rights and virtues systematically and powerfully presented. Colin Heydt charts the history of practical morality - what we ought to do and to be - from the 1670s, when practical ethics arising from Protestant natural law gained an institutional foothold in England, to early British responses to the French Revolution around 1790. He examines the conventional philosophical positions concerning the content of morality, and utilizes those conventions to reinterpret the work of key figures including Locke, Hume, and Smith. Situating these positions in their thematic and historical contexts, he shows how studying them challenges our assumptions about the originality, intended audience, and aims of philosophical argument during this period. His rich and readable book will appeal to a range of scholars and students.

    • Provides a new approach to a key era of moral thought, focusing on the content of morality rather than on the theory of morals
    • Presents an overview of the conventional moral philosophy of the period which situates the work of prominent philosophers in relation to each other, improving readers' understanding of contextual and thematic issues
    • Engages with a variety of topics, including natural rights and secularization, and with a range of philosophers, including Locke, Hume, and Smith
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    • Publication planned for: January 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421096
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations:
    1. 'Morality not in accordance with virtues but in accordance with duties': the Pufendorfian shift in moral philosophy
    2. The structure of practical ethics: duty and virtue
    3. The structure of practical ethics: duty and right
    Part II. Relations to God:
    4. Duties to God, revelation, and morality's history
    5. Breaking with convention: Hume, Smith, moral philosophy, and the God of natural religion
    Part III. Relations to Self:
    6. Moral relations to self and the significance of self-harm
    7. Anthropological optimism, pessimism, and the scope of self-cultivation
    Part IV. Relations to Others:
    8. Relating to others: natural rights and community
    9. Why not polygamy? Natural law and the family
    10. Political jurisprudence and its limits.

  • Author

    Colin Heydt, University of South Florida
    Colin Heydt is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. His work has been published in numerous journals and he is the author of Rethinking Mill's Ethics: Character and Aesthetic Education (2006).

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