Love of humanity in Shaftesbury’s Moralists

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Abstract

Shaftesbury believed that the height of virtue was impartial love for all of humanity. But Shaftesbury also harboured grave doubts about our ability to develop such an expansive love. In The Moralists, Shaftesbury addressed this problem. I show that while it may appear on the surface that The Moralists solves the difficulty, it in fact remains unresolved. Shaftesbury may not have been able to reconcile his view of the content of virtue with his view of our motivational psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1135
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • Moralists
  • Shaftesbury
  • love of humanity
  • virtue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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