The Resource Foundations of Cartesian ethics, Vance G. Morgan

Foundations of Cartesian ethics, Vance G. Morgan

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Foundations of Cartesian ethics
Title
Foundations of Cartesian ethics
Statement of responsibility
Vance G. Morgan
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • One of the expected fruits of Descartes' philosophical enterprise is "the highest and most perfect moral system," a system which, organically developed from its metaphysical and physical foundations, will provide the moral agent with direction and purpose in each of life's contingencies
  • Yet, Descartes' published work contains no such moral system, and commentators have generally agreed that Descartes "has entered the history of philosophy as perhaps the only systematic philosopher of the first rank who failed to provide any methodical treatment of moral problems."
  • Through a careful investigation of primarily Descartes' Correspondence and his final treatise, The Passions of the Soul, Vance Morgan here constructs the framework of a working ethical system, consistent with the spirit of Cartesian metaphysics and physics
  • He finds that while Descartes' metaphysics are remarkable for their insistence on indubitably clear and distinct principles, his ethic is equally remarkable in its conclusion that indubitably certain, inviolable principles are not available in the realm of morals and human activity. Virtue is not defined with reference to the results of one's actions, nor to one's faithful adherence to a set of rationally derived moral directives
  • Rather, virtue consists in the moral attitude with which one lives one's life, the psychological conviction that one has always resolutely acted upon the best intellectual activity of which one is capable
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morgan, Vance G
Index
index present
LC call number
B1878.E7
LC item number
M67 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Descartes, René
  • Descartes, René
  • Descartes, René
  • Ethics, Modern
  • Ethics, Modern
  • Ethiek
  • Ethik
Label
Foundations of Cartesian ethics, Vance G. Morgan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-222) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Method and certainty -- The provisional morality -- Metaphysics and morals -- Blessedness and virtue -- Mastering the passions -- Generosity and wisdom
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780391038042
Lccn
92034250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26672526
  • (OCoLC)ocm26672526
Label
Foundations of Cartesian ethics, Vance G. Morgan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-222) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Method and certainty -- The provisional morality -- Metaphysics and morals -- Blessedness and virtue -- Mastering the passions -- Generosity and wisdom
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780391038042
Lccn
92034250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26672526
  • (OCoLC)ocm26672526

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