Foundations of Cartesian Ethics
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Publisher: Date:Unknown - Humanity Books
By: Vance G. Morgan
The "Foundations of Cartesian Ethics" offers an innovative contribution to Cartesian studies, treating an aspect of Descartes' philosophy that has been largely dismissed or ignored. Through a careful investigation of often-neglected Cartesian texts, Morgan constructs the foundations of a working ethical system consistent with the spirit of Cartesian physics and metaphysics. Cartesian 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. In addition to providing a sorely needed counterbalance to the common perception of Descartes as a thorough-going rationalist who had little interest in the practical applications of his philosophy to everyday life, "Foundations of Cartesian Ethics" raises important questions concerning the applicability of Cartesian ethics to contemporary ethical problems, such as the possibility of an ethical system with inviolable principles. Morgan's study should be of interest not only to Cartesian scholars but also to specialists in the history of philosophy, in modern philosophy and in ethical theory.