PHIL 8818 Early Modern Ethics & Psychology (Spring: 3 )
In studying 17th and 18th moral philosophies, from Descartes to Hume, the thread we will follow is the role of pleasure in psychology and ethics. Neo-Epicurism and Neo-Augustinism paradoxically agreed on the fact that human beings, guided by self-love, act only in view of what is pleasurable and is their own interest. As a response, another type of pleasure can be pointed out: the disinterested esthetic pleasure, which became a paradigm for reconciling pleasure with altruism. This topic involves also religious and political issues.
Instructor(s): Jean-Luc Solere
Last Updated: 16-Mar-15