The Journal of the History of Philosophy: October 2010, Vol. 48, No. 4

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Moral Transformation and the Love of Beauty in Plato's Symposium, SUZANNE OBDRZALEK

This paper offers a new interpretation of Diotima's speech in Plato's Symposium. Diotima's purpose, in discussing the lower lovers, is to critique their eros as aimed at a goal it can never secure, immortality, and as focused on an inferior object, oneself. By contrast, in loving beauty, the philosopher gains a mortal sort of completion; in turning outside of himself, he also ceases to be preoccupied by his own incompleteness.

Hutcheson's Deceptive Hedonism, DALE DORSEY

Francis Hutcheson's theory of value is often characterized as a precursor to the qualitative hedonism of John Stuart Mill. This paper argues that this reading is mistaken. The evidence for Hutcheson as a qualitative hedonist is strong and striking. The most commonly cited passages are taken from his posthumous opus, A System of Moral Philosophy. However, a closer look at Hutcheson's moral psychology, including his account of the interplay between pleasure and the moral and evaluative senses, shows that we do no disservice by reading him as a purely quantitative hedonist. Hutcheson's hedonism is for that reason deceptive, and deceptively simple.

Fichte and the Relationship between Self-Positing and Rights', NEDIM NOMER

A common criticism of Fichte's political thought is that it is not systematically connected to his idea of self-positing, which would amount to a rift in his practical philosophy. …


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