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The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature – Historical Perspectives - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives

Eric Watkins


This volume focuses on the exploration and articulation of a narrative that considers the notion of order within modern philosophy—its various kinds (natural, moral,divine, and human), the different ways in which each is conceived, and the diverse dependency 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 (1) about the proper formulation of the laws of nature and the moral law, (2) ... More

Keywords: the order of nature, the moral order, the divine order, the human order, causal powers, laws of nature, history of modern philosophy, Kant, metaphysics

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199934409
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Watkins, editor
University of California, San Diego

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