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    James, Edward W. 1981. Butler, Fanaticism and Conscience. Philosophy, Vol. 56, Issue. 218, p. 517.


Butler on Benevolence and Conscience

  • Amélie Oksenberg Rorty (a1)
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It is tempting and even useful to read the history of ethics from Hobbes to Rousseau, and even to Kant, as a response to the devastation of making self-interest—the movement to the satisfaction of particular ego-oriented desires—either the basic motive, or the basic form of motivational explanation. After Hobbes, philosophical ingenuity allied with Christian sensibility to search for countervailing forces.

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Nicholas Sturgeon , ‘Butler's Ethics’, Philosophical Review, 85 (1976).

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