The Concept of Love in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Leuven University Press
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Most papers collected in this volume owe their origins, at least partly, to the two “ContactFora” organized within the framework of the research project Actuality of the Enlightenment: the Moral Science of Emotions by the members of the research group supported generously by Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van Belgie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten. ...
Cartesian Subjectivity and Love
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The title given to this paper might appear, at first, problematic. Everyone knows the extent to which Descartes’ century was concerned with reflections upon love. Descartes was twenty years old and about to finish his studies when Francis de Sales published his Treatise on the Love of God (1616). ...
The Role of Amicitia in Political Life
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The ancient idea that love consists in an urge to unite oneself to another reverberates throughout the literature of the early-modern period. It is explicated, for example, by Descartes, who explains that, when one is in love, one considers oneself and the object of one’s affection as part of a whole, and cares for this union in the way that one previously cared for oneself.1 ...
L’apparition de l’amourde soi dans l’Éthique
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Souvent présenté comme un philosophe de la joie, Spinoza devrait plus justement être défini comme un philosophe de l’amour. Toute l’Éthique, en effet, tend à conduire l’homme vers la béatitude ou liberté qui consiste, d’après le scolie de la proposition XXVI de la partie V, ...
Spinoza über Liebe und Erkenntnis
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Dem Affekt der Liebe kommt in Spinozas Theorie der Affekte eine besondere Bedeutung zu. Er ist der einzige Affekt, der sich in den Teilen III bis V der „Ethik“ durchhält, also durch das Ganze der Darlegung zur Theorie der Affekte, und er ist der einzige Affekt, mit dem Spinoza das Merkmal vernünftigen Einsehens (intelligere) so eng verknüpft, ...
Leibniz on Love
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We rarely think of Leibniz as a philosopher whose thinking primarily revolved around the passionate relationship we call love. Nevertheless, if we read his works on natural law or practical philosophy, we find the frequency with which he speaks about love (or, say, charity) startling. ...
Malebranche on Natural and Free Loves
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Love would not seem, initially, to be a promising candidate for a central principle of Cartesian psychology. After all, Descartes portrayed love not as a single phenomenon, but rather as something that can be conceived either as a non-volitional feeling that derives from the body, or as a movement of the will that derives from the mind itself. ...
The Problem of Conscience and Orderin the Amour-pur Debate
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The famous ‘Amour-pur’ debate – opposing Bossuet to his former protégé, Fénelon, and Nicolas Malebranche to his one-time follower, François Lamy in the last decade of the seventeenth century – can be seen as polarizing the interpretations of the same corpus of traditional texts. ...
Love of God and Love of Creatures: The Masham-Astell Exchange
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In 1694, Mary Astell (1666–1731) entered into an exchange of eleven long letters with John Norris (1657–1711), the English Platonist, over a principle expounded in his Christian Blessedness: or Discourses Upon the Beatitudes (1690). The principle was one upon which they both agreed though for different reasons: ...
The Theory and Regulation of Love in 17th Century Philosophy
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The appetite of English readers in the first half of the 17th century for sermons, devotional works, and commentaries on scripture was robust. They consumed information regarding the defects of their souls as avidly as we consume information regarding the defects of our appearances. ...
Frances Hutcheson: From Moral Sense to Spectatorial Rights
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This essay concerns a particular aspect of Francis Hutcheson’s theory of rights – how the connection between rights and tensions in his own moral sense theory led Hutcheson to stress the importance of adventitious or acquired spectator approved rights, an idea that would be taken up in a different way by Hutcheson’s student and successor Adam Smith. ...
Philosophy as medicina mentis? Hume and Spinoza on Emotions and Wisdom
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Spinoza and Hume each exemplify a specifically modern version of the classical idea that the practice of philosophy leads to the moderation of man’s passionate nature.2 Both integrate this conception of ‘doing philosophy’ as a search for wisdom, into a science which is in harmony with a modern ateleological worldview. ...
The Depth of the Heart –“even if a bit tumultuous”. On Compassion and Erotic Love in Diderot’s Ethics
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In the present paper, we propose the thesis that Diderot’s pivotal ethical concept of the “bottom of the heart,” “le fond du coeur,” belongs in the field of a problematic philosophy of the soul conceived as the (relatively) free determining ground and canon of moral action. ...
Motivational Internalism: A Kantian Perspective on Moral Motives and Reasons
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The modern debate about moral motivation concerns two alternative conceptions of motivation. On the one side, there is an internalist account of moral motivation. This account says that practical reasons are internal to our desires, interests, or dispositions. ...
Kant on: “Love God above all, and your neighbour as yourself
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Hegel’s criticisms of Kant’s practical philosophy are based on, first, “the emptiness of the categorical imperative,”2 and, second, Kant’s doctrine of the postulates, especially the postulation of the existence of God.3 ...
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Publication Year: 2008