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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Ethics

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Thomas Williams, Erik Kenyon, Ian Wilks, Eric W. Hagedorn, Jon McGinnis, T. M. Rudavsky, Jeff Steele, Thomas M. Osborne, Jr, Jean Porter, Tobias Hoffmann, M. V. Dougherty, Martin Pickavé, Amber Griffioen, Mohammad Sadeg Zahedi, Roberto Lambertini, John Marenbon, Eileen Sweeney
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107167742

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  • Ethics was a central preoccupation of medieval philosophers, and medieval ethical thought is rich, diverse, and inventive. Yet standard histories of ethics often skip quickly over the medievals, and histories of medieval philosophy often fail to do justice to the centrality of ethical concerns in medieval thought. This volume presents the full range of medieval ethics in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist and reveals the liveliness and sophistication of medieval ethical thought. In Part I there is a series of historical chapters presenting developmental and contextual accounts of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish ethics. Part II offers topical chapters on such central themes as happiness, virtue, law, and freedom, as well as on less-studied aspects of medieval ethics such as economic ethics, the ethical dimensions of mysticism, and sin and grace. This will be an important volume for students of ethics and medieval philosophy.

    • Explores the rich, diverse, and inventive traditions of ethics in the Middle Ages, an area of philosophy that has often been overlooked
    • Discusses topics and people on their own terms while taking into account the historical context in which ethical thinking developed, as well as making comparisons between the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions
    • Covers underexplored topics such as economic and mystical ethics as well as central themes like sin, virtue, law, freedom, and happiness
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107167742
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Thomas Williams
    Part I. History:
    1. From Augustine to Eriugena Erik Kenyon
    2. From Anselm to Albert the Great Ian Wilks
    3. From Thomas Aquinas to the 1350s Eric W. Hagedorn
    4. Islamic ethics Jon McGinnis
    5. Ethics in medieval Jewish philosophy T. M. Rudavsky
    Part II. Concepts and Themes:
    6. Happiness Jeff Steele
    7. Virtue Thomas M. Osborne, Jr
    8. Law Jean Porter
    9. Freedom without choice: medieval theories of the essence of freedom Tobias Hoffmann
    10. Practical reasoning M. V. Dougherty
    11. Will and intellect Thomas Williams
    12. Emotions Martin Pickavé
    13. Medieval Islamic and Christian mysticism and the problem of a 'mystical ethics' Amber Griffioen and Mohammad Sadeg Zahedi
    14. Economic ethics Roberto Lambertini
    15. Self-interest, self-sacrifice, and the common good John Marenbon
    16. Sin and grace Eileen Sweeney.

  • Editor

    Thomas Williams, University of South Florida
    Thomas Williams is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He has published widely on figures including Anselm, Duns Scotus, Augustine, and Aquinas, and he is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus (Cambridge, 2003) and Thomas Aquinas: Disputed Questions on the Virtues (Cambridge, 2005).

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    Thomas Williams, Erik Kenyon, Ian Wilks, Eric W. Hagedorn, Jon McGinnis, T. M. Rudavsky, Jeff Steele, Thomas M. Osborne, Jr, Jean Porter, Tobias Hoffmann, M. V. Dougherty, Martin Pickavé, Amber Griffioen, Mohammad Sadeg Zahedi, Roberto Lambertini, John Marenbon, Eileen Sweeney

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