The Significance of Diderot's Essai sur le mA (c)rite et la vertu Paperback / softback
Part of the North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures series
Walters provides commentary on Diderot's translation of Shaftesbury's An Inquiry Concerning Virtue or Merit.
By comparing the translation and notes, Walters demonstrates the evolution of Diderot's thought and artistic skill.
Walters discusses the difference between theism and deism, the question of universal order, and compares atheism with free thought.
After an analysis of religious fanaticism and social and political abuses, he turns his attention to virtue, as it relates to happiness, objective values, the moral sense, the passions, and self-interest.
A final chapter deals with the style of the Essai.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 120 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
- Publication Date: 30/07/2017
- Category: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780807891124