Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (1994)
In Leviathan Thomas Hobbes defines moral philosophy as 'the science of Virtue and Vice', yet few modern readers take this description seriously. Moreover, it is typically assumed that Hobbes' ethical views are unrelated to his views of science. Influential modern interpreters have portrayed Hobbes as either an amoralist, or a moral contractarian, or a rule egoist, or a divine command theorist. David Boonin-Vail challenges all these assumptions and presents a new, and very unorthodox, interpretation of Hobbes's ethics. He shows that Hobbes is best understood as embracing a theory of virtue concerned with the development of good character traits rather than with rules of behaviour. In focusing in a quite new way on Hobbes's moral theory this book is likely to attract considerable attention amongst both philosophers and intellectual historians.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$199.71 used $2432.64 new Amazon page|
|Call number||B1248.E7.B66 1994|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Tom Sorell (ed.) (1996). The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes. Cambridge University Press.
A. P. Martinich (2011). Reason and Reciprocity in Hobbes's Political Philosophy: On Sharon Lloyd's: Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes Studies 23 (2):158-169.
Richard Tuck (2002). Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Severin V. Kitanov (2012). Happiness in a Mechanistic Universe: Thomas Hobbes on the Nature and Attainability of Happiness. Hobbes Studies 24 (2):117-136.
S. A. Lloyd (2011). The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: A Reply to Critics. Hobbes Studies 23 (2):180-187.
Jeremy Anderson (2003). The Role of Education in Political Stability. Hobbes Studies 16 (1):95-104.
Stephen Finn (2001). Geometry and the Science of Morality in Hobbes. Social Philosophy Today 17:57-66.
Paul Russell (forthcoming). Hobbes, Bramhall, and the Free Will Problem. In Desmonde Clarke Catherine Wilson (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Early modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
Rosamond Rhodes (2011). Taking Hobbes at His Word: Comments on Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes by S.A. Lloyd. Hobbes Studies 23 (2):170-179.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads2 ( #501,502 of 1,696,632 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #346,146 of 1,696,632 )
How can I increase my downloads?