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Essays on the History of Moral Philosophy
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Essays on the History of Moral Philosophy

J. B. Schneewind


The first of the chapters in this book argues against foundationalism in moral philosophy. The next analyzes the main arguments in Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics. One chapter relates Victorian moral philosophy to Victorian fiction; three present a general view of the history of modern ethics. Another documents and criticizes the neglect of this history in the American philosophy curriculum. The next five chapters discuss specific topics in the history of modern moral philosophy. One analyzes the role of God in morality as understood during the early modern period. One presents a brief overview o ... More

Keywords: God, natural law, obligation, virtue, voluntarism, evil

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. B. Schneewind, author
Johns Hopkins University (Emeritus)

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