Gary Steiner. Descartes as a moral thinker: Christianity, technology, nihilism. JHP Book Series. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2004

Brown, Deborah (2008) Gary Steiner. Descartes as a moral thinker: Christianity, technology, nihilism. JHP Book Series. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2004. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 46 1: 173-175. doi:10.5840/ipq200747162


Author Brown, Deborah
Title Gary Steiner. Descartes as a moral thinker: Christianity, technology, nihilism. JHP Book Series. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2004
Journal name Journal of the History of Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-5053
1538-4586
Publication date 2008-01
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.5840/ipq200747162
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 173
End page 175
Total pages 3
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Language eng
Subject 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
220210 History of Philosophy
Abstract Finding inspiration in Heidegger's lament, "In what soil do the roots of (Descartes's) tree of philosophy find their support?" (and not allowing that the tree might be hydroponic), Steiner proceeds to ground the "concrete content and absolute authority" of Descartes's moral principles in his Christian faith (13). Caught between the two, Descartes's thinking is pulled in opposing directions, towards the "earthly ethos" and its twin ideals of technological mastery over nature and the autonomy of reason, and the "angelic ideal"-a transcendent ideal according to which truth and goodness are conceived sub specie aeternitatis as a gift from God.
Keyword Descartes, Rene
Christianity
Nihilism
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Thu, 28 Jan 2010, 15:57:22 EST by June Temby on behalf of Faculty of Arts