Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls

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Cambridge University Press, May 13, 1997 - Philosophy - 415 pages
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The essays in this volume offer an approach to the history of moral and political philosophy that takes its inspiration from John Rawls. The distinctive feature of this approach is to address substantive normative questions in moral and political philosophy through an analysis of the texts and theories of major figures in the history of the subject: Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, and Marx. By reconstructing the core of these theories in a way that is informed by contemporary theoretical concerns, the contributors show how the history of the subject is a resource for understanding present and perennial problems in moral and political philosophy.
 

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List of Contributors page vii
1
Coercion Ideology and Education in Hobbess Leviathan
36
The Hobbesian Side of Hume JEAN HAMPTON
66
The Natural Goodness of Humanity JOSHUA COHEN
102
Rousseau on the Problem of Evil
140
Within the Limits of Reason ONORA ONEILL
170
A Cosmopolitan Kingdom of Ends BARBARA HERMAN
187
The Social Dimension
214
Kant on the Objectivity of the Moral
240
Priggish or Passional? NANCY SHERMAN
270
Kant on the Right
297
Kant on Aesthetic and Biological Purposiveness
329
Kant on Ends and the Meaning of Life THOMAS W POGGE
361
Community and Completion DANIEL BRUDNEY
388
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