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Habit and the History of Philosophy

Edited by: Jeremy Dunham , Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

Print publication date:  August  2022
Online publication date:  August  2022

Print ISBN: 9781138735644
eBook ISBN: 9781315186436
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For Aristotle, habit was a fundamental aspect of human nature; and for William James, it was the "enormous flywheel" of society. In both the history of philosophy and contemporary research, it is acknowledged as a fundamental topic in ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of action, and phenomenology.

This major volume, written by a team of international contributors, is an outstanding collection that offers a thorough and diverse philosophical exploration of habit from the classical period to the modern day. Carefully edited to reflect the breadth of the subject, its 18 chapters are divided into four clear parts:

  • Habit and Ancient Philosophy

  • Habit and Early Modern Philosophy

  • Habit and Modern Philosophy

  • Contemporary Perspectives on Habit.

Key topics, debates, and figures are covered such as the emotions, perception, free will, William James, John Dewey, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, John McDowell, and Hubert Dreyfus.

Habit and the History of Philosophy is essential reading for students and researchers in the history of philosophy, ethics, phenomenology, philosophy of action, and pragmatism. It will also be extremely useful for those in related disciplines such as religion, sociology, and history.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Socrates on Habituation and Politics: 509c6–510a4 Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Guided Practice Makes Perfect: Habituation into Full Virtue in Aristotle's Ethics  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Aristotle on the Nature of Ethos and Ethismos  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Making Progress: Epictetus on Habituation Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Forming the Habit of Thinking Well: Descartes's Reshaping of the Act of Reasoning Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Habit in Hartley's Reconciling Project: Between Christian Morality and the Usual Course of Nature Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Habit and Will in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Kant's Account of Intellectual Habit and Moral Education Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Dispositional Account of Habits and Explanation of Moral Action in F.H. Bradley Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Phenomenology as Vocation – A Project Instituted and Habituated by the Will Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Personal Acts, Habit, and Embodied Agency in Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception  Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Deleuze on Habit and Time; or, How to Get, and How Not to Get, from Hume to Bergson Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Habit and the Spiritual Life: Perspectives from Christian Mysticism and the Philosophy of Religion Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Are Habits Inherited? A Possible Epigenetic Route from Charles Darwin to the Contemporary Debate  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Discourse Ecology Model: Changing the World One Habit at a Time Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Habit and Practice Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Habit-Formation: What's in a Perspective? Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Habits in Perception: A Diachronic Defence of Hyperinferentialism Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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