The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy

The Invention of Autonomy A History of Modern Moral Philosophy This book is the most comprehensive study ever written of the history of moral philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Its aim is to set Kant s still influential ethics in its historica

  • Title: The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy
  • Author: J.B. Schneewind
  • ISBN: 9780521479387
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book is the most comprehensive study ever written of the history of moral philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Its aim is to set Kant s still influential ethics in its historical context by showing in detail what the central questions in moral philosophy were for him and how he arrived at his own distinctive ethical views In its range, its analysesThis book is the most comprehensive study ever written of the history of moral philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Its aim is to set Kant s still influential ethics in its historical context by showing in detail what the central questions in moral philosophy were for him and how he arrived at his own distinctive ethical views In its range, its analyses of many philosophers not usually considered in histories of ethics, and its discussions of the interweaving of religious and political concerns with moral philosophy, this is an unprecedented account of the developments that led up to Kant s ethics Extensive quotations allow the reader to understand the philosophy through the vocabularies that the philosophers themselves used.

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    1. Exhaustive and exhausting survey, though that's not quite the right term. Schneewind's brief is not really a survey of moral philosophy so much as an extremely thorough effort to contextualize Kant's thinking in (especially) the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Readers will get MUCH more out of this survey if they have at least a passing knowledge of that foundational text. If one makes one's way through the entire book, one comes to understand that essential Kantian concepts like perfec [...]

    2. My first reaction to the book is to be very impressed at how the author has managed to organize a great deal of material in a manner that is instructive, but which I mean it promotes understanding of the material. This it does extremely well, and I am very thankful for that and glad I read the book. However, I am concerned that there are issues with the book that surely generate misunderstanding and the book did not flag very well what those misunderstandings are.There are three identifiable cau [...]

    3. Great philosophy/intellectual history, but sooo long. feeble brain could not keep all the names/schools straight or make any clear conclusions about Kant, who has little more than a cameo in a book which culminates in him.

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