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Foundations of Cartesian ethics

Author: Vance G Morgan
Publisher: Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1994.
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One of the expected fruits of Descartes' philosophical enterprise is "the highest and most perfect moral system," a system which, organically developed from its metaphysical and physical foundations, will provide the moral agent with direction and purpose in each of life's contingencies.
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Morgan, Vance G.
Foundations of Cartesian ethics.
Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1994
(OCoLC)605984421
Online version:
Morgan, Vance G.
Foundations of Cartesian ethics.
Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1994
(OCoLC)623708996
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes; René Descartes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vance G Morgan
ISBN: 0391038044 9780391038042
OCLC Number: 26672526
Description: xii, 237 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Method and certainty --
The provisional morality --
Metaphysics and morals --
Blessedness and virtue --
Mastering the passions --
Generosity and wisdom.
Responsibility: Vance G. Morgan.

Abstract:

One of the expected fruits of Descartes' philosophical enterprise is "the highest and most perfect moral system," a system which, organically developed from its metaphysical and physical foundations, will provide the moral agent with direction and purpose in each of life's contingencies.

Yet, Descartes' published work contains no such moral system, and commentators have generally agreed that Descartes "has entered the history of philosophy as perhaps the only systematic philosopher of the first rank who failed to provide any methodical treatment of moral problems."

Through a careful investigation of primarily Descartes' Correspondence and his final treatise, The Passions of the Soul, Vance Morgan here constructs the framework of a working ethical system, consistent with the spirit of Cartesian metaphysics and physics.

He finds that while Descartes' metaphysics are remarkable for their insistence on indubitably clear and distinct principles, his ethic is equally remarkable in its conclusion that indubitably certain, inviolable principles are not available in the realm of morals and human activity. Virtue is not defined with reference to the results of one's actions, nor to one's faithful adherence to a set of rationally derived moral directives.

Rather, virtue consists in the moral attitude with which one lives one's life, the psychological conviction that one has always resolutely acted upon the best intellectual activity of which one is capable.

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