Seventeenth-Century Moral Philosophy: Self Help, Self-knowledge, and the Devil's Mountain

In Roger Crisp (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics. Oxford University Press. pp. 229 (2013)

Aaron Garrett
Boston University
This chapter focuses on the ethical theories of the early modern philosophers Thomas Hobbes, Justus Lipsius, Descartes, Spinoza, Benjamin Whichcote, Lord Shaftesbury, and Samuel Clarke. The discussions include aspects of Hobbes' moral philosophy that posed a challenge for many philosophers of the second half of the seventeenth century who were committed to philosophy as a form of self-help; Lipsius and Descartes' appropriation of ancient and Hellenistic moral philosophy in connection with changing ideas about control of the passions and the happiest and best life; and the maxim or epigram – a literary form used by moralists to counsel readers on how to best know and govern themselves.
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