Utilitas



SYMPOSIUM ON J. B. SCHNEEWIND'S PHILOSOPHY

Voluntarism and the Shape of a History


ROBERT MERRIHEW ADAMS a1c1
a1 Mansfield College, Oxford

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Abstract

This article is concerned with the shape of the story of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century moral philosophy as told by J. B. Schneewind in The Invention of Autonomy. After discussion of alternative possible shapes for such a story, the focus falls on the question to what extent, in Schneewind's account, strands of empiricist voluntarism and rationalist intellectualism are interwoven in Kant. This in turn leads to consideration of different types of voluntarism and their roles in early modern ethical theory.


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c1 robert.adams@mansfield.oxford.ac.uk