Mind, Method, and Morality Essays in Honour of Anthony Kenny

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Sir Anthony Kenny is one of the most distinguished and prolific philosophers of our time. In the wide range and historical breadth of his interests, he has influenced many parts of the philosophical landscape, especially in the philosophy of mind and the theory of human action and responsibility. In contrast to many of his contemporaries, who have played down philosophy's debt to its past, Kenny's work has always been rooted in the great tradition of Western philosophical inquiry.Mind, Method and Moralitycelebrates Kenny's work by focusing on the four great philosophers to whom Kenny has given special attention, namely Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Wittgenstein. It contains sixteen essays (four on each philosopher) written by leading specialists in the relevant area. Strongly linked together by their focus on philosophy of mind, action and responsibility, the papers make a significant contribution to those areas of philosophy that Kenny has made particularly his own, and constitute a timely celebration of his work. While keeping to the highest standards of scholarship and philosophical rigor, the volume aims to be engaging and comprehensible to a wide audience, thus mirroring the clarity and accessibility that are the hallmarks of Kenny's own philosophical writings. A preface by the Editors describes Anthony Kenny's philosophical career, and the volume also includes a complete bibliography of his writings.

Author Biography

John Cottingham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Reading and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford University. He has served as Chairman of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, as President of the Mind Association, and as President of the Aristotelian Society.
Peter Hacker is Emeritus Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford, where he was a Tutorial Fellow in philosophy from 1966 to 2006. He was an undergraduate at the Queen's College, Oxford, a graduate student at St Antony's, and a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol. He has held visiting chairs in north America, and both British Academy and Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships.

Table of Contents

The Good, the Noble and the Theoretical in the Eudemian Ethics
The Opinion of Aristotle concerning Destiny and What Is Up To Us
Weakness and Impetuosity
An Approach to Aristotelian Actuality
The Role of Consent in Aquinas' Theory of Action
Kenny and Aquinas on the Metaphysics of Mind
'Whatever is Changing is being Changed by Something Else': A Reappraisal of Premise One of the First Way
The Action of God
The Physics and Metaphysics of the Mind: Descartes and Regius
Cartesian Autonomy
Descartes's Theory of Perceptual Cognition and the Question of Moral Sensibility
Descartes and the Immortality of the Soul
The Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology
Concepts: Between the Subjective and the Objective
Some Remarks on Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Mind
A Tale of Two Problems
Bibliography of the Works of
Notes on the Contributors
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