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PHIL 8818 Early Modern Ethics & Psychology (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

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

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17