Treatise on Ethics

Treatise on Ethics

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Written seven years after publication of his "Search after Truth", Malebranche's "Treatise on Ethics" develops a detailed, "experimental" science of ethics in two parts - the ethics of virtue and the ethics of duty. Part One distinguishes six sources of motivation: sense perceptions, passions, imagination and "inner feelings" of love as-respect, as-goodwill, and as-esteem. It examines how each is to be evaluated. This is interwoven with an Aristotelian analysis of act and habit, and voluntary vs involuntary acts, and practical reasoning. This part concludes with two basic virtues - "the strength of the mind" and "the freedom of the mind". In part Two, Malebranche explores our duties to ourselves, to others, to our sovereign and to God. The translator's introduction discusses the place of Malebranche's ethics within his larger system, his borrowings and innovations and his impact on later philosophers.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 171.45 x 230 x 19.05mm | 569.98g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0792317637
  • 9780792317630

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Part 1 On virtue: universal reason is the wisdom of God himself; there is no virtue other than the love of order; the love of order is not differnt from charity; two fundamental truths of this treatise; on the strength of the mind; on the freedom of the mind; on obedience to order; on the means furnished by religion for acquiring the love of order; why the Church in its prayers addresses itself to the Father by way of the Son; on the occasional causes of those feelings and movements of the soul which resist the efficacy of grace, whether grace of light or of feeling; on what sort of death we must die in order to see God, to be united to reason and delivered from concupiscence; on the imagination; on the passions. Part 2 On duties: the just often do wicked deeds; our duties to God should be related to His attributed - His power, His wisdom and His love; on the duties we owe to God's wisdom; duties owed to divine love; the three divine persons each impress their own mark on our minds and our duties honour all three equally; duties in society, generally; duties of esteem are owed to everyone; duties of benevolence and respect; domestic duties of husband and wife; origin of the diversity of conditions; on duties among equals; continuation of the same subject; on duties each of us owes to himself.
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