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Svensson, F. & Reuter, M. (Eds.). (2019). Mind, Nature and Morality: Themes from Spinoza and Descartes. Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mind, Nature and Morality: Themes from Spinoza and Descartes
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140134 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Svensson, F. (2018). A Subjectivist Account of Life's Meaning. De Ethica
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Subjectivist Account of Life's Meaning
2018 (English)In: De Ethica, ISSN 1854-3405, E-ISSN 2001-8819Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140130 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Svensson, F. (2018). Mill and the meaning of life. In: Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia (Ed.), The meaning of life and the great philosophers: (pp. 175-181). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mill and the meaning of life
2018 (English)In: The meaning of life and the great philosophers / [ed] Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia, Routledge, 2018, p. 175-181Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140131 (URN)9781138220935 (ISBN)9781138220959 (ISBN)9781315385945 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Johansson, J. & Svensson, F. (2018). Objections to virtue ethics. In: Nancy Snow (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of virtue: (pp. 491-507). Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Objections to virtue ethics
2018 (English)In: The Oxford handbook of virtue / [ed] Nancy Snow, Oxford University Press, 2018, p. 491-507Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2018
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140129 (URN)9780199385195 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2019-06-05Bibliographically approved
Svensson, F. (2017). Recension av Anders Hansson, Aristoteles etik [Review]. Filosofisk Tidskrift
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av Anders Hansson, Aristoteles etik
2017 (Swedish)In: Filosofisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0348-7482Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2017
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140142 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Svensson, F. (2017). Review of Ingmar Persson, From Morality to the End of Reason [Review]. Philosophical quarterly (Print)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Ingmar Persson, From Morality to the End of Reason
2017 (English)In: Philosophical quarterly (Print), ISSN 0031-8094, E-ISSN 1467-9213Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2017
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140141 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Svensson, F. (2015). Non-Eudaimonism, The Sufficiency of Virtue for Happiness, and Two Senses of the  Highest Good in Descartes’s Ethics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 23(2), 277-296
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Non-Eudaimonism, The Sufficiency of Virtue for Happiness, and Two Senses of the  Highest Good in Descartes’s Ethics
2015 (English)In: British Journal for the History of Philosophy, ISSN 0960-8788, E-ISSN 1469-3526, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 277-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his reflections on ethics, Descartes distances himself from the eudaimonistic tradition in moral philosophy by introducing a distinction between happiness and the highest good. While happiness, in Descartes's view, consists in an inner state of complete harmony and satisfaction, the highest good instead consists in virtue, i.e. in 'a firm and constant resolution' (e.g. CSMK: 325/AT 5: 83) to always use our free will well or correctly. In Section 1 of this paper, I pursue the Cartesian distinction between happiness and the highest good in some detail. In Section 2, I discuss the question of how the motivation to virtue should be accounted for within Descartes's ethical framework. In Section 3, I turn to Descartes's defence of the view that virtue, while fundamentally distinct from happiness, is nevertheless sufficient for obtaining it. In the final section of the paper (Section 4), my concern is instead with a second and sometimes neglected distinction that Descartes makes between two different senses of the highest good. I show that this distinction does not remove the non-eudaimonistic character of Descartes's ethics suggested in Section 1, and present two reasons for why the distinction is important for Descartes's purposes.

Keywords
eudaimonism, ethics, Descartes, virtue, happiness, the highest good
National Category
Philosophy Ethics History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140128 (URN)10.1080/09608788.2014.982508 (DOI)000350654900004 ()
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Svensson, F. (2015). Recension av Göran Greider, Den solidariska genen [Review]. Filosofisk Tidskrift
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av Göran Greider, Den solidariska genen
2015 (Swedish)In: Filosofisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0348-7482Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2015
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140140 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Svensson, F. (2014). Recension av Ann Heberlein, Etik: människa, moral, mening. [Review]. Filosofisk Tidskrift
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av Ann Heberlein, Etik: människa, moral, mening.
2014 (Swedish)In: Filosofisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0348-7482Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2014
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140139 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
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Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av Dygdernas Renässans (red. E. Österberg, M. Lindstedt Cronberg, C.                       Stenqvist)
2014 (Swedish)In: Filosofisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0348-7482Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2014
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140137 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
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