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Gassendi's ethics : freedom in a mechanistic universe

Author: Lisa T Sarasohn; Pierre Gassendi
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first book to explore the ethical thought of Pierre Gassendi, the seventeenth-century French priest who rehabilitated Epicurean philosophy in the Western tradition. Lisa T. Sarasohn's discussion of the relationship between Gassendi's philosophy of nature and his ethics discloses the underlying unity of his philosophy and elucidates this critical figure in the intellectual revolution." "Sarasohn  Read more...
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Named Person: Pierre Gassendi; Pierre Gassendi; Pierre Gassendi; Pierre Gassendi; Pierre Gassendi
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa T Sarasohn; Pierre Gassendi
ISBN: 0801429471 9780801429477
OCLC Number: 34658692
Description: xii, 236 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Life and Context. A Life in Pursuit of Freedom. The Intellectual Context --
2. Probability in Ethics, Natural Philosophy, and Epistemology. The Parts of Philosophy. Probabilism --
3. The Ethics of Pleasure and Freedom. The Epicurean Background. The Rehabilitation of Epicurean Physics and Theology. The Ethical Theory. Motion and Morality --
4. Gassendi, Descartes, and Their Predecessors on the Liberty of Indifference. Freedom and Theology. Gassendi and Descartes on Error and Sin --
5. The Astrological Threat to Freedom --
6. The Ethics of the Mechanical Universe. Gassendi's and Hobbes's Psychological Theories. Gassendi and Democritean Determinism --
7. The Role of Freedom and Pleasure in the State and Society. Gassendi's Political Philosophy and Its Context. Prudence and Passion. The State of Nature and Natural Right. Civil Society, the State, and the Right of Consent. Justice, Utility, and the Laws of Nature --
8. Gassendi and Locke. The Fate of Gassendism. Gassendi in England. Gassendi and Locke's Early Writings. Gassendi and Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding. Gassendi and Locke's Two Treatises of Government --
9. Gassendi and the Enlightenment --
Appendix. The Dating of the "Ethics" of the Syntagma Philosophicum.
Responsibility: Lisa T. Sarasohn.

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