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Berkeley revisited : moral, social and political philosophy

Author: Sébastien Charles
Publisher: Oxford : Voltaire Foundation, [2015]
Series: Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 2015:09.
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"Through close examinations of Berkeley's writings on key political, economic, social, moral and ethical debates, leading experts demonstrate that his writings are not simply theoretical but also bound to a practical concern with the well-being of humanity. The volume opens with nuanced analyses of Berkeley's utilitarianism, which contributors position more precisely as a theological utilitarianism, a facet of  Read more...
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Named Person: George Berkeley; George Berkeley; George Berkeley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sébastien Charles
ISBN: 9780729411677 0729411672
OCLC Number: 921161089
Language Note: Contributions in English and French.
Description: xi, 305 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Berkeley as a worldly philosopher / Heta Aleksandra Gylling --
Berkeley on the natural laws of society / Artem Besedin --
Ethics in Alciphron / Daniel E. Flage --
Berkeley, Hobbes and the constitution of the self / Stephen H. Daniel --
Berkeley's pragmatic bent : its implications for his social philosophy / Richard J. Van Iten --
Actions, behaviours and volitions in Berkeley's moral philosophy / Melissa Frankel --
Vulgar thoughts : Berkeley on responsibility and freedom / Timo Airaksinen --
Berkeley on doing good and meaning well / Hugh Hunter --
Berkeley's double understanding of "social appetite" / Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska --
Improving the health of the nation : Berkeley, virtue and Ireland / Scott Breuninger --
De Pascal à Locke : la reprise berkeleyenne des enjeux philosophiques concernant la tolérance religieuse et civile / Sébastian Charles --
Berkeley on economic bubbles / Marc A. Hight --
George Berkeley's understanding of beauty and his polemic with Shaftesbury / Adam Grzelinski --
La bonne société d'après Berkeley : entre éducation religieuse et coutume raisonnable / Jérémy Girard --
Berkeley's Bermuda project and The ladies library / Nancy Kendrick --
Le travail de la sagesse : philosophie et exercice spirituel chez George Berkeley / Pascal Taranto.
Series Title: Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 2015:09.
Responsibility: edited by Sébastien Charles.

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"Through close examinations of Berkeley's writings on key political, economic, social, moral and ethical debates, leading experts demonstrate that his writings are not simply theoretical but also bound to a practical concern with the well-being of humanity. The volume opens with nuanced analyses of Berkeley's utilitarianism, which contributors position more precisely as a theological utilitarianism, a facet of natural law and a theory with a distinctly pragmatic basis. This doctrine is reconsidered in the context of Berkeley's moral philosophy, with contributors highlighting the implications of free will for the evaluation of personal (or divine) responsibility for one's actions. Berkeley's concept of desire is reconfigured as a virtue, when channelled towards the common good of society. Contributors close by reassessing Berkeley's political and economic thought and uncover its practical dimension, where individualism is sacrificed for the greater, national interest. The George Berkeley to emerge from this book is a philosopher deeply concerned with the political, economic and social problems of his time, and whose writings proposed practical and not simply theoretical solutions to the challenges facing Britain in the eighteenth century."--Back cover.

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