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Enlightenment and Action from Descartes to Kant: Passionate Thought (Hardback)
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Enlightenment and Action from Descartes to Kant: Passionate Thought (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 13/08/2001
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Kant believed that true enlightenment is the use of reason freely in public. This book systematicaaly traces the philosophical origins and development of the idea that the improvement of human understanding requires public activity. Michael Losonsky focuses on seventeenth-century discussions of the problem of irresolution and the closely connected theme of the role of volition in human belief formation. This involves a discussion of the work of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza and Leibniz. Challenging the traditional views of seventeenth-century philosophy and written in a lucid, non-technical language, this book will be eagerly sought out by historians of philosophy and students of the history of ideas.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521806121
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


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'... a deep and carefully argued account of the relationships between volition, emotion and cognition in important seventeenth-century texts ... Losonsky has given us an empowering book ...' British Journal for the History of Philosophy
"...Losonsky has put a range of new issues onto the table and he has made a[n] admirable start at unraveling the question of the relationship of the reform of knowledge to private virtue on one hand and to contributions to the public weal on the other, as these tasks were conceived in the 17th century." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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