The Formation of the Modern Self: Reason, Happiness and the Passions from Montaigne to Kant
Felix O Murchadha (Author)
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Charting a genealogy of the modern idea of the self, Felix O Murchadha explores the accounts of self-identity expounded by key Early Modern philosophers, Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Hume and Kant. The question of the self as we would discuss it today only came to the forefront of philosophical concern with Modernity, beginning with an appeal to the inherited models of the self found in Stoicism, Scepticism, Augustinianism and Pelagianism, before continuing to develop as a subject of philosophical debate. Exploring this trajectory, The Formation of the Modern Self pursues a number of themes central to the Early Modern development of selfhood, including, amongst others, grace and passion. It examines on the one hand the deep-rooted dependence on the divine and the longing for happiness and salvation and, on the other hand, the distancing from the Stoic ideal of apatheia, as philosophers from Descartes to Spinoza recognised the passions as essential to human agency. Fundamental to the new question of the self was the relation of faith and reason. Uncovering commonalities and differences amongst Early Modern philosophers, O Murchadha traces how the voluntarism of Modernity led to the sceptical approach to the self in Montaigne and Hume and how this sceptical strand, in turn, culminated in Kant's rational faith. More than a history of the self in philosophy, The Formation of the Modern Self inspires a fresh look at self-identity, uncovering not only how our modern idea of selfhood developed but just how embedded the concept of self is in external considerations: from ethics, to reason, to religion.
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About the Author
Felix O Murchadha is Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Previous books and articles include The Time of Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2013), A Phenomenology of Christian Life (2013), and 'The Passionate Self and the Religiosity of Phenomena' in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy (2019).
- Contributor: Felix O Murchadha
- Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
- ISBN13: 9781350245457
- Number of Pages: 264
- Packaged Dimensions: 156x234mm
- Packaged Weight: 549
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Release Date: 2022-01-13
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Felix O Murchadha is Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Previous books and articles include The Time of Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2013), A Phenomenology of Christian Life (2013), and 'The Passionate Self and the Religiosity of Phenomena' in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy (2019).
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