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Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II

Michael Moriarty


This book investigates psychological and ethical thought in 17th-century France, emphasizing both continuities and discontinuities with ancient and medieval thought. The ancient ethical vision that man achieves fulfilment by living his life according to reason — the highest element of his nature — survives even in Descartes’s thought. However, the revival of Augustinian theology, which focuses on the contradictions and disorders of human desires and aspirations, brings that vision into question. Human beings are increasingly seen as motivated by self-love: they are driven by the desire for the ... More

Keywords: self-love, self-knowledge, moral philosophy, theology, Augustinianism, Cartesianism, France, 17th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291038
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Moriarty, author
Centenary Professor of French Literature and Thought, Queen Mary, University of London
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