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Moral Motivation: A History

Iakovos Vasiliou


Moral Motivation presents a history of the concept of moral motivation. The book consists of ten chapters by eminent scholars in the history of philosophy, covering Plato, Aristotle, later Peripatetic philosophy, medieval philosophy, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Kant, Fichte and Hegel, and the consequentialist tradition. In addition, four interdisciplinary “Reflections” discuss how the topic of moral motivation arises in Homer, Cicero, early opera, and Theodore Dreiser. Most contemporary philosophical discussions of moral motivation focus on whether and how moral beliefs by themselves motivate an age ... More

Keywords: moral motivation, history of philosophy, ethical action, ethical theory, Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199316564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iakovos Vasiliou, editor
Professor of Philosophy, The Graduate Center, City University of New York