The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives

Hardcover | September 26, 2013

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This volume contains ten new essays focused on the exploration and articulation of a narrative that considers the notion of order within medieval and modern philosophy - its various kinds (natural, moral, divine, and human), the different ways in which each is conceived, and the diversedependency relations that are thought to obtain among them. Descartes, with the help of others, brought about an important shift in what was understood by the order of nature by placing laws of nature at the foundation of his natural philosophy. Vigorous debate then ensued about the proper formulation of the laws of nature and the moral law, about whethersuch laws can be justified, and if so, how - through some aspect of the divine order or through human beings - and about what consequences these laws have for human beings and the moral and divine orders. That is, philosophers of the period were thinking through what the order of nature consists inand how to understand its relations to the divine, human, and moral orders. No two major philosophers in the modern period took exactly the same stance on these issues, but these issues are clearly central to their thought. The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature is devoted to investigating their positions from a vantage point that has the potential to combine metaphysical, epistemological, scientific, and moral considerations into a single narrative.

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This volume contains ten new essays focused on the exploration and articulation of a narrative that considers the notion of order within medieval and modern philosophy - its various kinds (natural, moral, divine, and human), the different ways in which each is conceived, and the diversedependency relations that are thought to obtain am...

Eric Watkins is a leading historian of philosophy who focuses on the history of modern philosophy, specializing in Kant. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. In addition to many articles in international journals he has published several books, including Kant and the Sciences (OUP 2001), ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsNote on Texts, Translations, and AbbreviationsIntroductionPart 1: The Medieval Period1. Marilyn McCord Adams: Powers Versus Laws: God and the Order of the World According to Some Late Medieval Aristotelians2. Steven Nadler: The Order of Nature and Moral Luck: Maimonides on Divine ProvidencePart 2: The Early Modern Period3. Daniel Garber: God, Laws, and the Order of Nature: Descartes and Leibniz, Hobbes and Spinoza4. Robert Merrihew Adams: Malebranche's Causal Concepts5. Tad Schmaltz: Laws and Order: Malebranche, Berkeley, Hume6. Peter Harrison: Laws of Nature in Seventeenth-Century England: From Cambridge Platonism to Newtonianism7. Donald Rutherford: Laws and Powers in Leibniz8. Martha Brandt Bolton: Change in the MonadPart 3: Kant9. Andrew Chignell: Rational Hope, Moral Order, and the Revolution of the Will10. Eric Watkins: Kant on the Natural, Moral, Human, and Divine OrderIndex