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The Resource Minding the modern : human agency, intellectual traditions, and responsible knowledge, Thomas Pfau

Minding the modern : human agency, intellectual traditions, and responsible knowledge, Thomas Pfau

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Minding the modern : human agency, intellectual traditions, and responsible knowledge
Title
Minding the modern
Title remainder
human agency, intellectual traditions, and responsible knowledge
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Thomas Pfau
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Language
eng
Summary
In this brilliant study, Thomas Pfau argues that the loss of foundational concepts in classical and medieval Aristotelian philosophy caused a fateful separation between reason and will in European thought. Pfau traces the evolution and eventual deterioration of key concepts of human agency -- will, person, judgment, action -- from antiquity through Scholasticism and on to eighteenth-century moral theory and its critical revision in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Featuring extended critical discussions of Aristotle, Gnosticism, Augustine, Aquinas, Ockham, Hobbes, Shaftesbury, Mandeville, Hutcheson, Hume, Adam Smith, and Coleridge, this study contends that humanistic concepts they seek to elucidate acquire meaning and significance only inasmuch as we are prepared positively to engage (rather than historicize) their previous usages. Beginning with the rise of theological (and, eventually, secular) voluntarism, modern thought appears increasingly reluctant and, in time unable to engage the deep history of its own underlying conceptions, thus leaving our understanding of the nature and function of humanistic inquiry increasingly frayed and incoherent. One consequence of this shift is to leave the moral self-expression of intellectual elites and ordinary citizens alike stunted, which in turn has fueled the widespread notion that moral and ethical concerns are but a special branch of inquiry largely determined by opinion rather than dialogical reasoning, judgment, and practice. A clear sign of this regression is the present crisis in the study of the humanities, whose role is overwhelmingly conceived (and negatively appraised) in terms of scientific theories, methods, and objectives. The ultimate casualty of this reductionism has been the very idea of personhood and the disappearance of an adequate ethical language. Minding the Modern is not merely a chapter in the history of ideas; it is a thorough phenomenological and metaphysical study of the roots of today's predicaments
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1960-
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Pfau, Thomas
Dewey number
190
Index
index present
LC call number
B821
LC item number
.P45 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Humanism
  • Agent (Philosophy)
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Free will and determinism
  • Humanities
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Agent (Philosophy)
  • Free will and determinism
  • Humanism
  • Humanities
  • Philosophical anthropology
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Minding the modern : human agency, intellectual traditions, and responsible knowledge, Thomas Pfau
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Prolegomena -- part II. Rational appetite : an emergent conceptual tradition -- part III. Progressive amnesia : will and the crisis of reason -- part IV. Retrieving the human : Coleridge on will, person, and conscience
Control code
860943773
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 673 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780268089856
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)860943773
Label
Minding the modern : human agency, intellectual traditions, and responsible knowledge, Thomas Pfau
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Prolegomena -- part II. Rational appetite : an emergent conceptual tradition -- part III. Progressive amnesia : will and the crisis of reason -- part IV. Retrieving the human : Coleridge on will, person, and conscience
Control code
860943773
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 673 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780268089856
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)860943773

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