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Moral Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: God, Self, and Other

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2018.12.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Colin Heydt, Moral Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: God, Self, and Other, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 289pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108421096. Reviewed by David McNaughton, Florida State University Anyone familiar with eighteenth century British moral philosophy will have come across a tri-partite division of duties into those we owe to God, to others, and to ourselves. The widespread and unremarked acceptance of this division reflects, Colin Heydt claims, the entrenchment of a theory of rights and duties, a Protestant natural law theory if you will, that is found in the writings of Pufendorf and, to a lesser degree, Grotius. Not only would this theory be familiar to all writers in Britain (and, significantly, the American colonies) but Heydt further claims it became 'the default position by being propagated in the university, especially through the curriculum, and through textbooks' (p. 5).. . .

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